James Danjuma, Katsina
The Katsina State Police Command, yesterday, said 29 people were reported to have been abducted by terrorists at Ruwan Godiya village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The spokesperson for the command, SP Gambo Isah, who clarified on Tuesday, said the figures kidnapped were what the community had earlier reported during the Sunday evening attack.
Terrorists in large numbers had attacked the community on Sunday evening at about 7.30 pm, with residents claiming that over 50 people including women and children, were abducted.
But it was gathered that the terrorists later released 13 out of the numbers abducted, ostensibly on account of old age and illness.
A resident, who preferred to be anonymous, said the terrorists “initially abducted 51 people out of which they later released 13 of them.
He, however, added that 38 victims were still with the terrorists, but could not confirm if their abductors had called family members to demand ransom.
Furthermore, Isah noted that security operatives were making efforts to ensure that the abducted victims were rescued unhurt.
He added that some of the abducted victims may have escaped into the forest and may be trying to find their ways back home.
Speaking, the police spokesperson said, “Twenty-nine people were reported by the community to have been abducted and it is even possible that some of the victims might have escaped and are trying to find their ways back home.
“We have, however, increased the number of security operatives including the mobile policemen in the community while we are at the same time making every effort to ensure that all the abducted victims are rescued unhurt.”