No fewer than 15 women were in the early hours of Wednesday kidnapped by armed bandits who attacked Wurma village in Kurfi local government area of Katsina State.
The spokesperson for the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Anas Gezawa who confirmed this development, said 10 women (out of the 15 kidnapped) were rescued hours later.
This was coming as locals in the area claimed the number of persons kidnapped in the village is 48 persons, out of which seven were set free, two escaped while the kidnappers attempted to kidnap the village head but due to his health condition decided to set him free and now leaving the number of persons in the kidnappers custody at 39 persons.
The spokesperson maintained that only five were still in captivity while the 10 rescued have been reunited with their families in the village. According to ASP Gezawa, “DPO Kurfi reported that today 27/08/2019 at about 0015hrs unknown gunmen in large numbers invaded Wurma village of Kurfi LGA and abducted Fifteen (15) women including the Daughter and Daughter in law of the Village head, Alhaji Mustapha Mohammed (M).
“Bandits also carted away an unspecified number of cattle.
“DPO led a team of policemen to the scene but hoodlums had already escaped. “Subsequently at about 1400hrs Ten (10) out of the Fifteen (15) abducted women have been rescued and reunited with their families at Wurma village, Kurfi L.G.A.
“Effort is intensified to rescue the victims and possible arrest of culprits,” ASP Gezawa stated. A local source said, “the armed bandits invaded Wurma village in Kurfi LGA and kidnapped 39 people including former vice chairman of the local government and other family members of the village head (2 daughter and four granddaughters).
“They carted away livestock, raided all shops and left with properties and other valuables. “The bandits kidnapped 48 people, out of which they set free seven persons, two escaped. The kidnappers attempted to kidnap the village head but due to his health condition decided to set him free and go with his phone to reach across to them (kidnappers) if the need arises.
“This is leaving the number of persons in the kidnapper’s custody at 39 persons,” the source said.