Charles Nwoke, Katsina, Nigeria
December 23, 2020
No fewer than 17 persons, including a community leader, Kabir Mohammed (popularly known as Magajin Gari), and two of his wives were said to have been kidnapped on Monday by unidentified gunmen, at Kaigar Malamai village in Danmusa council area of Katsina State.
According to sources within the area, the attackers operated till the early hours of Tuesday before taking the captives into the bush to an unknown destination.
Though there is a heavy presence of security agents in the local government area, it remained unclear if they had gone after the assailants to ensure that they rescue the victims.
Danmusa, which remains one of the most insecure councils in the state, has in the last couple of years witnessed dozens kidnapped, murdered, maimed, and raped with reckless abandon.
Mustapha Inuwa, an indigenous denizen of the area and Secretary to the State Government (SSG) are overseeing the government’s efforts to checkmate banditry, robbery, criminality, and related crimes in the area.
The most recent kidnap case occurred days after bandits kidnapped 80 Islamic school students in the Dandume Local Government Area of the Katsina State.
A combined team of security troops, consisting of the military, police, and vigilante groups, rescued the pupils along with 4 (four) other women and rustled a countless number of cattle.
In another development on December 11, unidentified armed men invaded Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Kankara, where they whisked away 333 schoolboys.
The schoolboys were eventually released six days later after negotiations between the government and bandits.
Every effort to get the Public Relations Officer Katsina State Command’s reaction proved abortive as SP Gambo Isah, the police’s spokesman in the state, did not respond to the inquiry at the time of filing this report.