18 Passengers Kidnapped In Niger

Eighteen passengers on board a Niger State Transport Authority (NSTA) bus have been kidnapped by bandits in the state.
The attack occurred at Yakila village in Rafi Local Area of the state.
The passengers were said to be heading to Minna, the state capital, from Kotangora when the incident happened.
The Director General of the Niger State Emergency Maganagement Agency (SEMA), Mallam Ibrahim Inga, confirmed the incident to our correspondent during a telephone interview.
Mallam Inga who was on his way from Kagara for the revalidation of his membership in company of the chief of staff to the state governor, said they met the rowdy scene where the bandits operated.
He explained that they met a woman with her child who was left by the bandits, and that she told them that 18 other passengers in the bus were taken away.
“The only thing I can tell you now is that we have rescued the woman and her baby and she is in the vehicle with us and we are on our way to Minna. She told us that the bandits blocked the way and went away with 18 other passengers in the bus.
“No government official was among those kidnapped. I can’t give more than that for now because the woman is traumatised and we cannot continue asking her too many questions for now,” Inga said.
He, however, promised to get back to our correspondent when he got back to Minna and had more information.
Meanwhile, effort to speak to the state’s police spokesman, Wasiu Abiodun, was unsuccessful as he neither picked his calls nor responded to an SMS.

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