Nigerian Troops on Saturday foiled an attempt by bandits to abduct the Managing Director of Zamfara State Transport Authority (Mass Transit) Alhaji Aminu Adamu Papa and his family members.
Atleast six bandits including two women were killed during a gun duel with troops, which forced the bandits to released their victims.
A neighbour confirmed the attack which took place in Mareri Community, an outskirt of Gusau, Zamfara state’s capital.
The neighbor who revealed that the heavily armed bandits invaded the community around 11:30 pm on Saturday night and started shooting sporadically, told Channels Television that they went straight to Papa’s house and engaged the security operatives stationed there in a gun duel before overpowering the two policemen and disarming them.
Soldiers and local vigilantes were quickly mobilised, and they quickly engaged the bandits with serious gunfire. This forced the bandits to release the abducted family members.
“Papa and his four family members were abducted, but thank God that Soldiers and local vigilantes were quickly mobilised, they quickly engaged the bandits with serious gunfire.
“The security forces went after them and killed six of the bandits including two females among them, others escaped and left the man with a gunshot wound in his leg.”
The source thanked the troops and local vigilantes for their prompt response, noting that it was not the first time the bandits will invade the community.
The source added;
“We are living in fear, my house fence is marked with bullet shots, I and my entire family could not sleep.”