Suspected bandits on Saturday abducted five persons at Dogon Daji Sarkin-Noma community in Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State, the residents have said.
Witnesses said the kidnappers “gave out their phone contacts and collected that of some residents”.
They directed the residents to call them (kidnappers) to negotiate the ransom needed to release the victims.
Those that received the abductors’ phone numbers said the lines were not connecting till Sunday morning.
The police spokesperson in the state, Muhammad Shehu, did not answer multiple calls placed to him by PREMIUM TIMES, Sunday evening for comments on the latest abduction in the state known for a high crime rate and banditry.
Residents said 20 armed men invaded the community on motorcycles and abducted the five after dispossessing others of their valuables.
The victims were identified as Hakimi Danjuma, Anas Isa, Buba Hakim, Lawalli Olu and a female, Yahanasu Jamilu.
The spokesperson for security outfit, Operation Hadarin Daji in Zamfara, Ayobami Oni-Orisan, said the incident was not reported.
He said he would contact “other sources and call back”. He was yet to do so at the time this report was filed.