Niger: Bandits kidnap commissioner for information

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Mohammed Idris, Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Niger, has been kidnapped by bandits.

The bandits abducted him on Sunday at Baban Tunga of Tarfa local government area.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Matane, disclosed this on Monday.

Mr Matane explained that the bandits who invaded the area, riding on more than a dozen motorcycles and armed with sophisticated weapons, kidnapped the commissioner at about 11:00 p.m. during a downpour.

He also stated that the kidnappers had yet to make contact.

The police spokesman in Niger Wasiu Abiodun confirmed the incident and promised to provide more details later.

Last week, bandits abducted the father and stepmother of Speaker of the Zamfara House of Assembly, Nasiru Magarya.

“The unknown gunmen on Wednesday invaded Magarya town in Zurmi local government area and kidnapped the speaker’s biological father, his stepmother, and four other persons,” said spokesman Muhammad Shehu. “The command has deployed a squad of security personnel to rescue the abducted persons.”

(NAN)

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