Bandits (file photo)
Bandits raid Katsina again, abduct 11 villagers
By Valentine Amanze
Armed bandits have raided Shinfida Village in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State, abducting about 11 persons, mostly elderly women, and carted away food items and properties worth million of naira.
They raided the village Friday night after being aware that the combined tean security team in the area had been withdrawn.
A source told Nigeria News Flight that those abducted were on their way to join others, who earlier ran to a refugee camp for safety after their village came under attack by the gunmen.
The source explained that those kidnapped lacked the capacity to leave at the time most residents fled to safety due to their physical strength and health conditions.
He further revealed that having carried out the invasion on Friday night, the assailants planned to set the entire village of Shinfida on fire at about 7am on Saturday.
The source called on the relevant authorities to come to the aid of the people, including sending security personnel to the village to protect the residents and salvage what could be left of their properties.
On Friday, Channels Television had reported that seven children were killed, and several others injured in a stampede while residents fled Shinfida village following an attack by bandits.
Although the police authorities in Katsina have yet to confirm the incident, a resident of the area, Abdulrazak Ahmad, told Channelstv that the attack occurred on Thursday.
He blamed the incident on the evacuation and withdrawal of soldiers serving in a joint security task force from the area.
Ahmad said the withdrawn soldiers were initially stationed at the Government Secondary School in Shinfida – about 27 kilometres from Jibia town.
Recall that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari is from Katsina State.
Bandits have attacked several communities in Katsina recently, one of which claimed the lives of two security personnel in Jibia Local Government Area.