In Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, bandits have burned two tractors and abducted 22 farmers.
The incidents occurred in the Rafin-Daji village, Gurdi ward of Abuja’s Abaji Area Council.
The Daily Trust states that Rafin-Daji and the Zago village in Niger State share a boundary. The river Gurara links the two settlements together.
Thursday at approximately 2:00 p.m., according to Saidu Yakubu, a fugitive farmer, the incident occurred.
According to him, bandits armed with AK-47 rifles attacked farmers growing their land in the village.
According to him, the robbers shot randomly into the air before fleeing with the farmers and torching two tractors on a major farm in the community.
According to him, thirteen relatives were among the 22 abducted individuals.
He stated the names of the family members as Ismaila Barde, Mustapha Barde, Nasiru Barde, Abdulkarim Barde, Sanusi Barde, Usman, Barde, Nura Barde, Abdullahi Barde, Babawo Barde, Farida Ayuba, Hauwa Ayuba and Hussaini Abdullahi.
According to him, the thirteen family members, including two ladies, were working on separate farmlands when they were attacked by robbers.
“Only because of God was I able to flee while the bandits began firing into the air,” he claimed.
Alhaji Bala Mohammed, the district head of Gurdi Chiefdom, confirmed the kidnapping of farmers and the burning of tractors to our reporter via telephone on Friday, but stated that he had not to determine the number of abducted farmers.
The district administrator stated that his people were under siege because bandits typically invade his chiefdom via the state of Niger.
Bala stated that he has reported the most recent kidnapping to both the police and the Abaji area council.
A spokesman for the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, ASP Oduniyi Omotayo, confirmed the attacks and stated that attempts were underway to rescue the victims and bring the offenders to justice.
“Upon receiving the information, a combined team of police officers from various tactical and intelligence units of the command, hunters, vigilantes, and hunters aggressively searched the forest,” he explained.
He stated that community monitoring and surveillance was also occurring.