Uncertainty over alleged abduction of five travellers in Niger

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Armed men suspected to be bandits on Thursday abducted five people along Beji-Manta road in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State.

It was gathered that the people were waylaid and abducted on their way from the weekly Beji market by the bandits and whisked them away to an unknown destination.

An eye witness called in a radio phone-in programme to brief the Secretary to the Niger Government, Ahmed Matane, of the abduction.

The caller who identified himself as Umar stated that he called in to inform the SSG of the situation because the security agencies in the were unaware of the abduction, adding that as a result, no move had been made to rescue the victims.

While responding to the caller, the SSG affirmed that there had been several incidences of underreported abductions in the saying that most cases were not reported the conventional channels.

Matane said the government was unaware of the abduction but would take immediate action that it had been brought to its notice to ensure that the abductees were rescued and reunited with their family.

He said, “This is one of the underreporting that we are talking about. Until that I am hearing this, we never knew of these people who were kidnapped along Beji-Manta road. But now that we have been alerted, we do something about it.”

The SSG urged people to be more security conscious, adding that people must not ply the roads at any time especially during market days.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Niger Command, Wasiu Abiodun, said he was going to get back to reporter but as of the time of filing this report, he has yet to take his calls.