Bandits kidnapped at least 75 people from a village in northwest Nigeria, residents said, the latest in a series of abductions plaguing the west of the country.
In response to the spate of kidnappings, often carried out for ransom, security forces have struggled to stem the crimes, which have put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
“More than 75 people have been kidnapped from (the village of) Rini,” said Aliyu Tungar-Rini, a resident of the community in northwest Nigeria’s Zamfara state.
Habu Abubakar, who also lives in Rini village, said more than 80 people were kidnapped by the gunmen, who he said arrived on motorbikes wearing black clothes.
I was left with a few items from my shop after it was looted, he said.
The police confirmed the abduction but declined to provide details.
Mohammed Dan Auwal, another resident, said, “They abducted my uncle, and I narrowly escaped death.”
According to him, the kidnappers went from house to house snatching children and elderly people from Friday afternoon into early Saturday morning.