CRIME Herder killed while res­cu­ing kid­napped women

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Adam Umar

Aherds­man, who par­tic­i­pated in res­cu­ing two women ab­ducted by some kid­nap­pers, was killed on Sun­day in a bush be­tween Chaza and Suleja, in Niger State.

Daily Trust learnt that the two women were taken on Satur­day around 11:00p.m. at Malam-Karu vil­lage, along Suleja-Minna road, by a gang of armed men sus­pected to be kid­nap­pers.

The hus­band of one of the women, Malam Muham­mad Sani, said the mur­dered herder, Sama’ila Muham­mad, was his in-law, who came from a vil­lage called Gawu, to par­tic­i­pate in the search for the kid­napped women.

Sani said they fol­lowed the foot­prints of the kid­nap­pers into the bush and dis­cov­ered their hide­out there.

“Vig­i­lantes from Numba-Koro vil­lage as­sisted us in the op­er­a­tion and, on notic­ing our ar­rival, the kid­nap­pers opened fire at us from afar and the vig­i­lantes re­sponded,” he said.

“In the process, they killed a mem­ber of our group be­fore they took to their heels,’’ he said.

He said that the two women ran to the res­cuers there­after.

The in­ci­dent was re­ported to the po­lice at Suleja A Divi­sion and to the palace of the Emir of Suleja, Al­haji Auwal Ibrahim, he said.

Mean­while, a Fu­lani leader in the area, Malam Abubakar Adamu, has called on the gov­ern­ment to pro­vide herds­men with se­cured graz­ing re­serves, lament­ing that they are faced with many dif­fi­cul­ties.

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