By Ismail Auwal
Bandits abducted 12 persons in two fresh attacks in Zamfara State, barely seven days after at least 200 people were killed in five villages of the state.
The incident reportedly occurred in Yar Kuka and Kadauki villages on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that a village head, his wife and his brother, Sarki Musa, Hadiza Musa and Bawa Musa respectively, were abducted in Yar Kuka.
The bandits were said to have stormed the village Monday night and went straight to the monarch’s house.
Other people reportedly abducted were two Burkina Faso nationals who were engaged in mining activities in the village and another resident named Dahiru Ummaru.
The bandits also abduct three women and three teenage girls in Kuzawa community of Kadauri village in Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
Muhammadu Tasiu, a local trader, said his two wives and three daughters were abducted by the bandits.
Mr Tasiu, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES on phone Tuesday evening, said the attackers stormed his house around 2:30 a.m.
“I was around but in my own part of the house when they came. They didn’t fire a single shot. Apart from my wives and daughters, they also took away all my money. The names of my wives are Zainab and Asmau,” he said.
The other woman, according to him, was a neighbour.
He added that the bandits had called twice but did not make any ‘meaningful negotiations with me.’
When contacted, the spokesperson of the police in Zamfara, Mohammed Shehu, said he did not have such information.
“To be honest with you, I don’t have any information on such attacks in the areas you mentioned,” he said.