CITIZENS COMPASS —IN what seems like a retaliation to a recent kidnappung in their area, residents of Birnin Magaji in Zamfara State have abducted some family members of bandits terrorising their area.
A youth leader told journalists that the bandits had kidnapped some community members while working in the farm.
“The armed bandits invaded the farm and threatened the farmers before they took them away.
” These days many people here cannot go to the farm and even in our home we are afraid they could come and abduct us for ransom.
It was gathered that in retaliation, youths in the community intercepted wives of the bandits including a pregnant woman who was on transit.
It further gathered that a negotiation was ongoing between the community leaders and bandits’ kingpins towards resolving the stalemate.
It could not be ascertained if police are involved in the negotiations.
Meanwhile, besides the news of the kidnap of the wives of bandits, Defence minister Mohammed Badaru has commended the efforts of the Nigeria military in the ongoing fight against insurgency, banditary and other forms of security challenges currently confronting the nation.
Badaru made the commendation on Monday at the ongoing Defence Week for the Senior Executive Course (SEC) 45 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru, near Jos.
The minister presented a paper titled ”Industrialisation, energy security and climate change: Implications for national security.”
The minister, represented by Dr Abubakar Kana, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, said that the military had put in serious efforts and commitment towards tackling the myriad of insecurity in the nation.