Terrorists Abduct Customs Officer, Women In Separate Attacks On Zamfara Community

Terrorists operating in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria have attacked Tsafe Local Government Area of the state twice in less than a week and abducted a custom officer and six women.

An officer with the Nigerian Customs Services and six women have been abducted by terrorists operating in Tsafe Local Government Area, Zamfara state, Northwest Nigeria, HumAngle can report. 

Muhammad Hassan Lawal, a customs account officer in charge of Kano and Jigawa states who was in the town for a family visit, was abducted on Friday night, Feb. 11. 

According to Hassan Tsafe, a local who witnessed the kidnapping, the terrorists were active for about 30 minutes before the arrival of soldiers who responded to a distress call. 

The soldiers, however, were unable to track down the terrorists because they had already fled the scene before their arrival, according to Tsafe.

He told HumAngle that after contacting his family members, the terrorists demanded a N10 million ransom. 

Meanwhile, the terrorists returned to the area on Sunday night, Feb. 13, and kidnapped six women, including a mother, Hajiya Mai Tuwo, and her daughter. 

The terrorists fled the scene of the attack before the arrival of the Joint Task Force operating in the area, as they did in the case of the customs officer abduction. 

Aisha Sani Tsafe, a resident of the area, told HumAngle that the terrorists carried out the attack in less than an hour and have yet to contact the abducted people’s families. 

Muhammad Shehu, Police Public Relations Office in Zamfara State was not available when contacted by HumAngle for confirmation of the attacks. Calls to his mobile phones were not answered. 

Tsafe Local Government Area has recently been under attacks with many cases of killings and abductions being reported on a timely basis. 

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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