Insecurity: Many abducted as bandits launch fresh attack in Zamfara

Gunmen suspected to be bandits have carried out an operation along Zamfara-Funtua highway, kidnapping scores of commuters traveling to various locations in the country.

According to an eyewitness, Mr. Nura Ola Tsafe, the terrorists conducted the operations on Friday and Saturday at various locations between Gusau- Gidan Dawa-Yandoto Daji in Tsafe Local Government Area of the State.

He said that the operations started on Friday and the bandits continued their nefarious activities till Saturday, saying that the kidnapped victims were taken to the forest.

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“Innocent passengers on their way to attend the annual Islamic Maulud were abducted by the notorious bandits. Passengers of two commercial vehicles were kidnapped by the terrorists in between Yandoton Daji and Kwatarkwashi”, he said.

He further stated that some residents of Tsafe were also attacked by the bandits on Friday along Yandoton Daji-Gidan Dawa, adding that the victims narrowly escaped as a result of the quick intervention of the military operatives.

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Nura Tsafe lamented that such operations along Gusau-Funtua road had become so worrisome, especially now that the nation is heading for the scheduled 2023 general elections.

Recall that the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Kolo Yusuf with his Tactical team, had conducted a mop-up operation at the Zamfara-Funtua highway in order to further secure the road and build the confidence of commuters.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Police Command, in conjunction with sister security agencies, has banned hunters, vigilantes and Civilian JTF amongst other local security groups from elections.

It has also restricted the movement of vehicles from 7 am to 5 pm on February 25 except for those on special duties and essential services.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Suleiman Nguroje, who announced these in a statement on Tuesday, said the Commissioner of Police, Afolabi Babatola, had ordered that a stop and search exercise be intensified at border areas.

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