JUST IN: Bandits abduct 50 wedding guests, 20 escape


“The kidnapped victims are mainly youths who are the leaders of tomorrow, so we expect the security agencies and the state government to redouble their efforts for them to regain their freedom,” he added.

Secretary of Union of Communication, Zamfara State, Ashiru Zurmi while narrating the incident to journalists also confirmed that 20 persons later managed to escape, while some of them sustained various degrees of injuries.

“It happened that their motor developed fault at Tureta and they got a mechanic; for about 40 minutes, he assisted them and got the motor repaired; they started coming to Zamfara but within the Tureta and Bakura axis, the kidnappers ambushed them; over 50 people were abducted but Alhamdulilah over 20 people escaped,” Zurmi said.

“We have identified thirty members that are still in captive, luckily today they used phones of those captives (about five of our members) to call us; they only notified us that they are with them.”

According to him, no ransom has been demanded yet by the bandits.

The Secretary of the Union also suspected the involvement of informants which he said might have notified the kidnappers about their movement.

“Definitely something like that happened; we have that in our minds that there was an informant that gave the information to the bandits to attack them because it was just only them, other passenger cars were passing but they did not care about them, they only concentrated on the coaster bus that has Zamfara Government number.”

Zurmi appealed to relevant authorities for urgent intervention and to ensure the safe return of the abductees.

He also gives a 48-hour ultimatum for security agencies and government authorities to ensure the rescue of the abductees

Police Authorities in Sokoto State have yet to confirm the incident.

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