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Suspected bandits kidnap four customs officers in Katsina

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Suspected bandits have kidnapped
four officers of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) in Jibia Local Government
Area of Katsina State.

The four customs officers,
according to residents of the area, were abducted at a checkpoint in Dan-Bedi
village along Jibia-Batsari road about 10.12 a.m.

The abduction came barely 24
hours after the murder of Umar Isah, a senior lecturer with the Ahmadu Bello
University, Zaria by bandits in Malumfashi LGA of the state.

Confirming the abduction of the
Customs officers to THISDAY, a resident of Jibia who craved
anonymity, said seven bandits reportedly arrived at the checkpoint, fired
gunshots in the air and whisked the victims away.

He said: “The bandits on
motorcycles arrived the customs checkpoint this morning (yesterday) and seized
the officers’ weapons and shot sporadically to scare residents and kidnapped
the officers alongside many motorists who were on their way to Batsari.
“The bandits later went
north-east and disappeared into the forest with the officers and the motorists.
And other commercial drivers who escaped the attack ran to Jibia town.”

When contacted, the spokesman of
the Katsina State Customs Area Command, Mr. Peter Duniya, said he was on leave
but a credible source within the command said they got the information of the
incident, but were yet to confirm it.

He said: “We got information
about the incident this morning (Wednesday) and investigation is ongoing to
know whether the officers were kidnapped but I am not the right person to talk
to you.”

It was also learnt that bandits
attacked a viewing centre in Jibia on Tuesday night and killed two people,
leaving many with varying degree of injuries.

Idris Usman, who survived the
attack, said: “We were watching a football match when the bandits attacked us.
They killed two people and abducted four others.”
Credit: ThisDay

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