In two different stacks, carried out in Niger and Taraba States, no fewer than 76 persons were abducted by bandits.
In Takum local government area of Taraba state, 26 youths were abducted by the gunmen along Wukari-Takum road on Wednesday, while 50 people were abducted in the early hours of yesterday following an attack on Bassa community in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
The Taraba youths aged between 18 and 22 were said to be returning from a wedding programme in Wukari in a Toyota Hummer bus at about 8.30am when they ran into the gunmen between Chechenji and Kofai Ahmadu villages.
The gunmen hijacked the vehicle the youths were travelling in and drove the 26 passengers, including the driver of the bus to an unknown destination.
They drove from Kofai Ahmadu village in Taraba and headed for Benue axis, according to a source.
The spokesman of the Taraba State Police Command, DSP David Misal, confirmed the incident, saying the police received a report that the 26 persons were missing.
Misal said the police was yet to establish whether it was a case of kidnap, adding that the police have commenced investigation into the matter.
The PPRO further said there was no communication between the criminals and either the relations of the victims or the police since their disappearance on Wednesday morning.
The Niger State gunmen were said to have invaded the community in large numbers in motorcycles in the early hours of Thursday when the people were getting set for the day’s activities.
A Niger State activist and co-convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths, Sani Abubakar Kokki confirmed the attack and described the bandits as terrorists.
He disclosed that the bandits attacked the town, causing mayhem on unsuspecting peaceful, unarmed and defenceless locals.
According to Kokki, the number of people kidnapped is not yet certain but said that they were very many.
He also disclosed that on Tuesday, some other communities in Bassa/Kokki were attacked with many losses recorded.
He called for help for the people of Shiroro local government area saying the people continue to live at the mercy of the bandits.