From Abba Kabara
No fewer than forty six men, including a woman were allegedly taken hostage in Shinkafi local government between last Thursday to Saturday morning by a group of suspected kidnappers.
The first incidence, according to our source, occurred in the morning of Thursday along a road from Kwaren Shinkafi to Shinkafi town where a truck loaded with 35 passengers on their way to attend Shinkafi weekly market day were all kidnapped and forced into the surrounding jungle.
Reliable source who confided in this reporter on condition of anonymity for personal security, said the whole 35 passengers fell victim as they were struggling to free their truck which was stuck in the sand.
The source further revealed that the bandits appeared in large group on motorbikes, heavily armed with sophisticated rifles and surrounded the victims and carried them away as captives.
It was further gathered that on the following Saturday, eleven other persons, including a lady working as Village Community Mobiliser (VCM) were also kidnapped in Kware village under the same local government, out of which one victim was allegedly killed in the attack.
The spokesman of the state police command SP Shehu Muhammed, while confirming the incidence said already a powerful anti-crime squad has been dispatched to the troubled area.
He said all the needed security organs, including the military were gully Mobiliser to comb and track the suspected hideout of the bandits.
SP Shehu stressed that the police will do everything possible to track down and arrest the perpetrators and bring them to book.