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Terrorists Abduct Village Head, 4 Others In Zamfara

Residents told HumAngle the village head was abducted for his refusal to allow his subjects to serve as farmhands on lands terrorists had seized for themselves. 

Terrorists have kidnapped Danjimma Hakimi, the village head of Kwali in Bukuyum area of North West Nigeria. 

He was abducted alongside four other farmers when the terrorists invaded the community on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Hakimi is said to have been critical of the activities of terrorists in the area. 

Sources told HumAngle that he stopped members of his community from working as labourers on farmlands seized by the terrorists in June. 

Mamman Kwali, one of the abducted victims’ brother,  said his younger brother called to inform him they were in an unknown destination. 

“He called from the terrorists’ camp that they were being tied up with a chain by the kidnappers who asked to call their relatives for ransom since they refused to go to their farmlands for work.

“I was going to the mosque this evening [Saturday] when I received a telephone call from the armed abductors using my brother’s handset. I heard him crying and completely shattered, asking me to look for ransom to regain their freedom.

“Our village head was also abducted because he refused to allow his people to go to the terrorists’ farmlands for farming activities,” he said.

Usman Karfe, another resident of the community, said Hakimi has on several occasions protected Kwali village from terror attacks. 

He fled his village to Nasarawa-Burkullu last year due to attempts by the terrorists to abduct him. 

“The terrorists forced us to flee our homes and become IDPs,” said Shehu Gitta, a disturbed farmer from Kwali village. 

While the Zamfara State Police spokesperson, Yazid Abubakar is yet to respond to HumAngle’s enquiries, Muhammad Mani Bukuyum, Director Personnel Management of Bukuyum Local Government Council confirmed the incident, saying “our security agencies are trying their best to get rid of the situation in the area.”

Zamfara State has, over the years, suffered massive terror attacks leading to the death and displacement of thousands of people in the northwestern state.

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