No fewer than 50 people have been abducted by terrorists in a midnight attack in the Kuchi community in Munya Local Area of Niger State.

According to a statement by Yusuf Kokki, convener of Concerned Shiroro Youths in Niger, the gunmen invaded the village around 2 am on Friday

Sources told The Nation that the terrorists stormed the town in the midst of the rain, and launched a house-to-house search, fishing out the victims they wanted.

The victims were assembled and ordered to move into the bush in the rain with the terrorists directing them.

At the time of this report, the number of persons abducted could not be ascertained.

A source said some of the abductees are being trapped by the banks of the Dangunu River which is currently overflowing due to the heavy rainfall that fell for over 10 hours across the state.

“Though at the moment, there is no report of any casualty but the estimated number of people kidnapped is put at about fifty (50).

“However, the rampaging terrorists alongside their captives are reported to have been trapped without access to proceed with their journey as a result of a nearby Dangunu River that has overflowed its banks arising from the heavy downpour.

The convener asked the government to mobilise security operatives to the village to restore peace and arrest the criminals.

“Reinforcement is immediately needed at the moment to fiercely engage them at their exit route where they are currently stranded. Mobilize able-bodied vigilantes to the scene. The authorities concerned should swing into action and do the needful,” he added.

Nine abducted–Police

However, the Niger State Police Command has confirmed that nine residents were abducted during the terrorists’ attack in Kuchi, adding that the anti-kidnap squad had been deployed to rescue the victims.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Bala Kuryas said, “We have put in place sensitive security measures that will deal with any unforeseen circumstances in our area of supervision. All we require from members of the general public is vital information that could aid our men on the ground to  ensure a successful operation.”