No fewer than nine persons from Kusasu village in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have been abducted by suspected bandits.
Following the unfortunate development, residents of the once peaceful village now leave in fear, as the bandits have already demanded for a ransom of N10 million for their possible release.
The police spokesman in the state, Wasiu Abiodun, has not yet confirmed the development.
Sources also disclosed that the gunmen demanded another N1m ransom for one man who was killed while trying to escape the invasion by the gunmen.
They were said to have stormed Kusasu market at the peak of transactions to restock their food items and other basic needs when they abducted their victims in the process to the surprise of hapless villagers.
They reportedly came in about 15 motorcycles to the market and after purchasing their goods, swiftly made away with their targets.
The abduction of the people is coming after the police in the state had arrested no fewer than five informants for the bandits and launched a manhunt for eight others who are members of the communities in Shiroro council.
Also, two other bandits were arrested in Zumba market with AK-47 guns by the police in Zumba in Shiroro local government.
However, the activities of the armed bandits have been reduced drastically, following the clampdown on the informants, until the recent abduction of two construction workers, and the killings of three soldiers who went after the abductors.
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