TRAGEDY: Two weeks after killing over 40 people, gunmen kidnap another 40

Zamfara State map

About 40 people were kidnapped by gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers in Zamfara on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Friday’s kidnap occurs about a fortnight after over 40 people were killed in the same state by gunmen who stormed a mining site.

Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara has, therefore, ordered full investigation into the circumstances that led to Friday’s abduction of over 40 persons in Maru Local Government Area of the state.

This is contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor, Ibrahim Dosara, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Friday.

Mr. Dosara also said that the governor had ordered an immediate investigation into the activities of the bandits in the state with a view to restoring peace in the area.

Witnesses told the News Agency of Nigeria that the gunmen numbering over 100 stopped three Toyota Canters carrying passengers from Dansadau to Dankurmi and diverted the vehicles at gunpoint to an unknown destination.

NAN gathered that the hoodlums took away all the passengers, except one woman who they spared alongside her three-year-old son and told her to report back what happened.

The woman was said to have reported back to Dansadau that the bandits would not release the hostages until the governor released their cows numbering over 400 which were recovered from them by security men recently, within seven days.

A joint security patrol had recovered the rustled cows from the criminals during which seven members of the gang were also killed near Bindin village of Maru local government.

Shortly after the abduction of the villagers, a team of mobile policemen went on a rescue mission but the bandits shot and killed two of them and also went away with a third.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muhammad Shehu, said already a joint security patrol was on trail of the bandits, assuring that they would soon be arrested.

Friday’s abduction occurs less than a fortnight after gunmen killed about 40 people in another village in Zamfara.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how the gunmen suspected to be cattle rustlers stormed a mining site in Gidan Ardo Village of Bindin district of Maru Local Government Area.

Witnesses in the area said the gunmen numbering over 70 rode into the mining site at around 3 p.m. on November 7 and shot anyone on sight, killing over 40 persons and injuring several others.



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  • Nigerian Citizen

    Buhari promised in 2014 that if he is given the mantle of leadership again, he will effectively secure Nigeria and develop it ,provide jobs and wipe away tears from our eyes .December 2014 ,specifically, buhari assured Christians that that would be the last Christmas they shall celebrate with hardship, promising that from 2015 ,Christmas will be indeed a celebration time for Nigerians.
    Now buhari is our President, all his promises have turned out to be a big scam, a lie,a fake promise. Nigerians have been killed, kidnapped, humiliated and traumatized much more under buhahari than at any other time in history .hunger,pain,sorrow that came as a result of buharis lack lusture leadership ,insecurity etc that came as a result of buharis clannish ,biased,malicious leadership style, have jointly killed and terrorised more Nigerians than ever before. Buhari have practically led Nigeria into great tribulations. May God grant to Nigeria another miracle like the 2016 miracle in America or the 1998 miracle of Nigeria. So help our country Oh God.

    • ukoette ibekwe

      If Christians in Nigeria believed someone who promised not to relent until Sharia becomes the Constitution of Nigeria then goodluck to all of us because Buhari is trying as much as possible to see that he makes life unbearable for them.
      Once Buhari is able to make two thirds of Nigerian governors moslem or Muslim apologists like okorocha then the march for Sharia would have begun.

  • apalara o.a


    President Buhari is the worst and most incompetent president
    Nigeria has ever had. President Buhari created the inhuman living conditions in Nigeria today.
    Marriages are breaking apart. Girls under 40 can hardly find husbands to marry nowadays,
    as less than 30% of young men have steady jobs to support family life. With the family unit
    destroyed by President Buhari’s inflation and jobless economics of national destruction,
    the mortuaries in Nigeria are overflowing, as reported in the national newspapers today.
    Muhamadu Buhari is the problem. Nobody is safe again in Nigeria with Buhari in power.

  • jon

    Nigeria is a very funny country. Now, it is time for hostage swap. Cattle for human.

    • share Idea

      old boy no kill person ooo.

  • growthengine

    Who is cow rustler and who is herdsman? Which one is deadlier. Or are they not the same? What is really going on?

  • Otile

    Any time you stop seeing comments from one fake man who calls himself Rommel know that he has carried out a successful suicide bombing and perished. Watch out.

    • emmanuel

      Rommel also steal cows as pastime. He only got semi-education fro Jonathan’s Almanjeri mobile school, which has not removed his stock in-trade herding and rustling by the side


    For one to be a rustler, he must have been a herdsman so logically rustlers are criminal herdsmen who are either unemployed or just criminally motivated to make quick money.

  • princegab

    Chicks back home to roost. BH in different forms. May God helps pmb.

  • emmanuel

    They bring them in from neighbouring jihadist countries around to swell their voting figures and kill Southers in their farms. This is the time for the Lion kept as pet to assert itself and get restitution for deprivation from enjoying the wild.
    Ekun – Fayose, hold your side well. We are waiting for the weeping Benjamin in Enugu to act too, including the autumn or spring in Benue.

  • emmanuel

    In Zamfara, one person is held hostage for eighteen Cows, but in the South, it is one life for one Cow. In Benue, it is five lives for one Cow. David Mark and autumn have done very well for their people