Bandits strike: kill man, abduct wife, neighbor in Zamfara State

The Zamfara State Police Command has confirmed the killing of a man identified as Ashiru Nagoma and abduction of his wife and neighbor  by bandits in Buluku, an outskirt of Gusau Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson for the command, ASP Yazid Abubakar who confirmed the tragic incident on Tuesday stated that the bandits stormed the Bulunku area around 2am in an attempt to abduct Maigoma but he resisted, forcing the bandits to shoot at him.

This was coming on the heels of the post on X, formerly Twitter, made by a Maiduguri-based security expert, Zagazola Makama, who raised an alarm that bandits sneaked into Gusau town to abduct several worshippers in a mosque while observing midnight prayers around 2 am.

“Sad. In the early morning of Tuesday at about 0200hr, bandit sneaked into Gusau Town and abducted several worshippers in a Mosque while they were observing tahajjud (midnight) prayers,” he wrote.

However, Abubakar stressed that the late Nagoma had resisted an attack by the gunmen and they, in turn killed him and abducted his wife and neighbor.

“The bandits did not attack the mosque. They had a target, and it was the man that was attacked. His wife and neighbor were abducted.

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“Our rescue team is on top of the situation and is making frantic efforts to make sure that the perpetrators are brought to book and the abducted victims are rescued. An investigation is also ongoing,” he maintained.

Recall that in February, bandits abducted scores of worshippers in one of the mosques in Tsafe town, the headquarters of Tsafe Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

An indigene of the area, simply identified as Garba, told newsmen that the bandits invaded the mosque around 5 a.m. when the people were about to start the morning prayer.

Garba said, ”We were about to start the morning prayer today, Thursday, when suddenly they (bandits) entered the mosque and directed everybody to go out and follow them.


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