Gunmen Abduct 40 In Zamfara, Demand Return Of Their Seized Cows

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

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

Eye witnesses told the newsmen 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

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, DSP Muhammad Shehu, said already a joint security patrol was on
trail of the bandits, assuring that they would soon be arrested.