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Insecurity: Bandits attack Nigerian lawmaker’s residence, abduct his wife and four children

Bandits have kidnapped the wife and four children of a member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, Aminu Ardo Jangebe.

According to reports, the incident happened at 11 pm on Thursday, December 8, 2022, as the gunmen stormed the community and began shooting sporadically to scare people away.

A resident of the community, Sani Abubakar, in an interview with PUNCH disclosed that two neighbours of the lawmaker, Alhaji Yahaya, and Sa,adu Mainama were also abducted by the terrorists.

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Abubakar explained that many people took to their heels on hearing the gunshots, while others shut their doors to avoid abduction.

He said the bandits went straight to Aminu Ardo’s residence and broke the gate to gain entry, adding they also took away a motorcycle belonging to one of the abducted persons.

He said: “Immediately the bandits entered into the house, they abducted the wife of the Honourable member and his four children.

“As they were coming out of the house, they spotted two of his neighbours, MalamYahaya and Sa,adu Mainama who they also abducted”

While the Zamfara state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, confirmed the incident to BBC Hausa, the Police Command Spokesperson, Mohammed Shehu, promised to get more details of the attack.

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In a related development, gunmen enforcing a sit-at-home order issued by Simon Ekpa, on Friday, shot and killed Prince Iheme, elder brother of Nollywood star, Osita Iheme, in Imo State.

Iheme was said to be riding with the state Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Martins Eke when the gunmen ran into them and opened fire at Ubomiri, Mbaitoli council area of the state.

Reports said the commissioner received a deep machete cut from the gunmen.

At Orji, Owerri North council area, an eye witness said the gunmen ran into a police checkpoint and killed one cop, while shooting sporadically and ordering motorists and passers-by to go home and observe sit-at-home.

“They ran into police checkpoint at Orji and opened fire on them, and killed one police man.

“Some of them were shouting – ‘Go home, today is sit-at-home; people ran helter-skelter and they drove towards Okigwe road”, the source stated.

The Simon Ekpa led IPOB had declared five days of sit-at-home which was countered by the Director of Media and Publicity of IPOB, Emma Powerful.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Michael Abattam was yet to respond to enquiry as at press time.

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