CRIME Herder killed while rescuing kidnapped women
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.