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20 Villagers Abducted In Twin Raids In Northwest Nigeria

The incidents happened in Zamfara, the epicentre of the violence and kidnapping in the region.

In the early hours of Thursday, Oct. 6, 20 people were kidnapped in Danzamau and Dargaje villages in Nigeria’s northwestern state of Zamfara, according to residents. 

“None of them have what it takes to pay for ransom. I fear that those criminals are not going to kill them,” said Modi Okada, a relative of one of the victims.

The twin attacks occurred at about 6:00 a.m. in the two villages located in Bukuyum local government area of the State. The attack reportedly lasted for several hours without any interruptions from security forces.

Manuga Garba, a relative of one of the 11 kidnapped people from Dargaje, narrates the incidents which he says started while they were preparing for morning prayers. 

“They terrified us with the noisy sounds of their guns shooting in the air. Bello Kalge was dragged out of his room and was tightened along with others abducted from the neighbouring houses,” Garba says. 

Some of the names of the victims include Alhassan DanTatsuma, Shado Bangaye, Baban Leshi, Danzaki, Murtala Ashadamke, Mustapha and Bello Kalge.  Others are Shehu Emir, Ali Gaye, Dan-Alade and Malam Isah.

A community resident, Bala Maifaci, says they are tired of paying different forms of ransom. “We are tired of reporting to security agencies without practical solutions to the predicament we are thrown to live into.” 

Attempts to reach the Police Public Relations Officer of Zamfara State Police Command, Mohammed Shehu, were unsuccessful. 

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