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Bandits abduct family of Katsina assemblyman

“At this moment, l cannot say how many students were taken away by the gunmen until l get there, but we have already mobilized security men and members of the vigilantatè who are now in pursuit of the abductors,” the commissioner stated.

A gang of bandits invaded Kurami home town of Ibrahim Aminu Kurami, a lawmaker representing the Bakori constituency in the Katsina House of Assembly, and abducted his wife and two children.

It comes nearly a year after the lawmaker himself was abducted and kept for days until he was ransomed.

The bandits drove in on motorbikes and cars around 8 pm Saturday, blockaded the Funtua-Katsina road for minutes while the abduction of the Kurami family went on at his home, a source said.

“Immediately after Ishaa’i prayers, we started hearing gunshots in the town, before we know it they already positioned themselves in the strategic places of the town to avert any possible move by the residents to engage them,” Muhammad Kurami.

“They went straight to the to the home of the Honourable Member and made away with his wife and two children.”

He added that in the course of the abduction, the bandits wounded one Abdulhakim Ubaidu.

Residents and vigilantes in the area launched a pursuit after the incident.

About a year ago before his election in a by-election as a member representing Bakori, Kurami himself was abducted from his residence and kept in captivity for days until a ransom was paid to secure his release.

Meanwhile, last week on the night of August 28 suspected bandits invaded Bakori town and abducted one Alhaji Amu and his two daughters as well as the younger brother of District Head Bakori, Idris Sule Idris.

Up to the time of this report, the victims were still with the kidnappers.

Bakori, Funtua and Danja council areas are fast becoming vulnerable to bandit attacks in recent months.

Banditry has over the years destabilized the neighbouring Faskari, Kankara, Sabuwa and Dandume causing a mass exodus of residents from their ancestral villages and hamlets.

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