Olaide Oyelude, Katsina
There were indications on Wednesday that about 55 women were abducted by suspected bandits at Katsalle in the Sabuwa Local Government Area of Katsina State on Monday.
Residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity on Wednesday at the council headquarters, maintained that the bandits abducted the women for financial gains.
It was further disclosed that some of the women abducted were on transit in the village when they fell victims.
“All of them are inside the forest pending the time the bandits would make their demands. Till now, they have not got across to the village,” a source said.
The suspected bandits allegedly stormed the village on motorcycles a few minutes after midnight on Monday and abducted the women.
Residents said the victims included nursing mothers and unmarried ladies.
It was also learnt that the gunmen equally attacked Laying Mai Keke and Unguwar Tukur communities, where they reportedly abducted 10 women.
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, however, denied the abductions.
He said, “The story is not true. We are investigating.”
Meanwhile, a police patrol team in the Safana LGA of Katsina State on Tuesday engaged in a gun duel with some bandits, during which a member of the gang was killed and one AK-47 rifle recovered.
Our correspondent learnt that the police team, attached to the Safana Police Division, while on a routine patrol around 12.30am, ran into the five bandits, leading to shootout.
The police spokesman, Isah, confirmed the incident in a statement on Wednesday.
He also confirmed the arrest of one Lawal Umar, alleged to be a member of a kidnapping gang.