By Ismail Auwal
Gunmen have demanded N100m as the ransom to release the 78-year-old abducted mother of the longest serving members of the Niger State house of Assembly, Alhaji Bello Ahmed Agwara.
The woman, identified as Hajia Salamatu Ahmadu, was abducted at about 9 p.m. on Thursday night when some heavily armed gunmen riding on four motorcycles raided the country home of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in Agwara town.
It was learnt that the bandits blocked the major road into the town during the operation making it impossible for assistance to reach the troubled villagers.
The Member of the State Assembly, Bello Agwara, could be reached at the time of writing this report.
Eyewitnesses said the bandits were armed with different types of weapons, among them AK-47 and immediately they stormed the town they started shooting sporadically making members of the community to scamper for safety.
‘’In the confusion, it was learnt that the bandits went straight into the private residence of the lawmaker and whisked away his mother and some other villagers to an unknown destination, ‘’said eyewitnesses.
The eyewitness said the shells picked from the community after the operation were so many and some experts claimed: “even the Nigerian Army did not have those types of bullets.”