Bandits (file photo)
By Mohammed Usman
Suspected Fulani bandits have invaded Maikunkele community, a suburb of Minna metropolis in Bosso Local Government Area of Niger State and abducted an Igbo businessman.
The bandits, who entered the communities in the early hours of Thursday through bushes and rocky terrain around the Minna airport, started shooting unchallenged before going after their main target, the businessman, who is from Enugu State.
The abduction of the man is coming barely a year after another Igbo man lost his life in similar circumstance.
It was however gathered that the bandits had earlier written to the businessman that they were coming after him – the threat he ignored.
The latest abduction is coming less than two days after armed bandits attacked a village in Munya Local Government Area, killing one persona and abudicting over 60 others in the dead hours of the night.
Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), Niger State Command, DSP Wasiu A. Abiodun, could not confirm both attacks of Munya Local Government Area and that of Maikunkele, Minna suburb as he refused to pick calls when our correspondent called him.
However, the President Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Niger State branch, Chief Emmanuel Ezeugo, confirm the abduction of the Igbo man whose names could not be ascertained as at the time of this report.
“I can confirm to you that an Igbo man, operating a provision store at Maikunkele was abducted by armed men. This is similar to what happened last year, when another Igbo man was killed in similar circumstance”.
The Ohanaeze chieftain further disclosed, “We were told that the armed men after last year’s attack on the other Igbo man had written to their latest victim, telling him that they were coming after him”.
Efforts are however being made to rescus the victim as the relevant state government agency, according to Ezeugo, is already in the picture of the latest abduction and the first within Minna metropolis in recent time.