By Ismail Auwal
Kidnappers have killed one person and abducted six family members on a farm at Lagbeta community in Kogi Local Government Area, Kogi State.
The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday morning at about 10:12 am when the farmers were in the midst of hervesting farm produce.
A source who is a relative of the victims, Ishaya Bulus, identified the deceased as just Ayuba.
He said one of the deceased family members was shot dead by kidnappers while attempting to escape as they were being whisked away into the forest.
He said the kidnappers waylaid the victims at gunpoint when they were busy harvesting beniseeds.
“They were busy harvesting beniseeds when the kidnappers suddenly appeared and rounded them up at gunpoint.”
“It was while they were moving the victims into the forest that one of them attempted to escape as one of the kidnappers opened fire on him,” he said.
He said the remains of the deceased has been deposited at a mortuary, even as he said the family was yet to establish contact with the kidnappers.
A member of the vigilante in Kotonkafe Local Government Area, who preferred anonymity, confirmed the incident, even as she said vigilantes were combing the forest around the area in order to trace the kidnappers’ hideout.