Gunmen abduct two in Niger

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There is palpable tension in Gidan Kwano, the host community to the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna following the abduction of two persons on Wednesday night.

While students and other residents of the community are claiming they were attacked by bandits, the Niger Police Command said that the attack was carried out by hoodlums.

The incident occured at about 11.30 pm when the gunmen attacked a shop at Gidan-Kwano opposite FUT Gate and abducted two children of the shop owner.

Niger Police spokesman DSP Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the incident, saying that one of the suspects have been arrested while the police are on the trail on the others.

“On 10/11/2021 at about 2330hrs, some suspected hoodlums attacked a shop at Gidan-Kwano opposite FUT Gate and abducted two children of the shop owner.

“Police/vigilante were immediately drafted to the scene for aggressive manhunt of the hoodlums and during stop and search, one of the suspect was intercepted and arrested at Barkuta village,” he said.

Abiodun assured that the abductees would be rescued unharmed from their abductors.

Students,who spoke to The Nation, said they were staying away from campus owing to fear over their safety.

Efforts to get reactions from the Information Officer of the University, Mrs Lydia Legbo and other principal officers failed.

They were said to be in a meeting and did not respond to texts or calls.

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