Armed bandits who attacked Batatti in Lavun local government area of Niger state have demanded a ransom of N50million before releasing those kidnapped.
Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, chairman of the Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers and the Etsu Nupe, has called an emergency meeting of district and village heads over the kidnapping of five people from Batatti.
There are rumours that the bandits are already demanding N50 million as ransom for the release of the five victims while other valuables including laptops and handsets have been taken.
Five people, including several children, were kidnapped by ten bandits who stormed Batatti on Friday at 8:00 pm.
According to an eyewitness, the bandits attacked shops along the Bida-Mokwa High Way, including Kolade Olushoshola’s shop at Batatti.
Zacharia, who was at the shop to purchase a recharge card when the bandits attacked, was among those injured.
It was reported that the bandits arrived Batatti in a white Hillux vehicle and performed congregational ‘Ishai’ prayers before firing into the air.
The witnesses said that the bandits’ actions caused store owners and petty traders within the vicinity to abandon their products and shops.
“After causing havoc for several hours in Batatti, they left through Gbangbagi community to the forest of Fazhi and Kutigi, which is the geographic center of Lavun Local Government Area,” the witness said.
At the time of filing this report, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SDP Wasiu Abiodun, could not be reached for comment.