Gunmen abduct 13 passngers in Niger

The Police Command in Niger Wednesday confirmed the abduction of thirteen passengers by gunmen at Konar Barau village of Rafi Local Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state,Mr Monday Kuryas, confirmed the incident in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna.

Kuryas said that at about 1530 hours, the DPO of Zungeru reported that one Mubarak Idris of Kwanawa village,Sokoto State, a driver of an 18-seater bus with registration number LGT 12 XWX  loaded with 18 passengers from Yauwuri Kebbi state mostly fishermen heading to Yenagoa Beyelsa state fishing activities,reported the matter to the police.

He said Idris reported that getting to Konar Barau sharp bend under Rafi local area along Tegina — Minna road, bandits in military uniform kidnapped 13 of his passengers and his motor boy.

He said the gunmen also dispossessed the driver with N131,500 .

The commissioner said that already aggressive manhunt for the had commenced and solicited the support of residents, especially those in rural areas, to assist the police with reliable that could lead to the arrest of the miscreants.

” We appeal to residents to reliable that could aid in apprehending miscreants in the state.

” We are everything humanly possible to ensure the protection of lives and in area of supervision.

” All we require from residents is vital intelligence that could aid the security personnel deployed across the state movement of dubious characters in their midst for necessary security action,”he said. ( NAN)