Armed bandits on Wednesday kidnapped fourteen people in Niger state and also killed a mobile policeman and injured another in the Mariga local government area of the state.
The injured policeman was immediately rushed to the Minna General Hospital where he is recuperating.
It was gathered that the mobile policemen were on routine patrol around Mariga town cattle market during which the bandits were said to have ambushed them and after which a shoot out ensued between the policemen and the bandits.
A source has it that four women, Maryam Usman, Safiya Bagobiri, Salamatu Hassan and Safiya Bagobiri were among those kidnapped with three other men – Yunusa Malam, Kabiru Shamuyanbu and Abdulkarim Musa kidnapped.
The source said that the bandits stormed the Community on motorcycles and started shooting sporadically to create fears in the villages.
According to the source, those kidnapped were ferried out of the villages on motorcycles.
“The bandits drove into our villages and started shooting to scare our people.
“They kidnapped our people and fled with them to an unknown place on Motorcycles”.
All efforts to get the reach the state Police Command through its Public Relations Officer, ASP Wasiu Abiodun, were abortive as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, just less than 24 hours after the incident, seven other people were also kidnapped in Shamuyanbu village in Kusherki District of Rafi Local Government Area of the state.
25 people were also kidnapped by unknown bandits in Munyan local government area of the state last week.
Among those kidnapped were Cashier of Munya Local Government Area, Mr Jonathan, and the Speaker of the legislative arm of the Council Malam Musa Alhassan.