The Village Head of Wurma in Kurfi Local Government Area of Katsina State, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammed, yesterday narrated how heavily armed bandits in their hundreds attacked the community and abducted 49 people. Speaking with journalists, Muhammed said They [the bandits] came with guns. They didn’t kill anyone, but took 49 people with them. Eleven were later released and I was just told of another one being released
He said we are calling on the governor of Katsina to help us with security personnel that can assist us, even if it is only with their presence to scare away these bandits. When they tried to attack, our neighbours from Tsakiya village used to alert us that an attack is imminent be it small or large. Even this one they informed us that the bandits were coming and in large numbers.
When contacted the spokesman of the state police command ASP Anas Gezawa said at about 0015hrs, unknown gunmen in large numbers invaded Wurma village of Kurfi LGA and abducted 15 women including the daughter and daughter in-law of the village head Mustapha Mohammed. “Hours later, police were able to rescue 10 of the abducted and have since reunited them with their families as efforts ongoing to rescue the rest. The bandits also carted away unspecified number of cattle, the DPO led a patrol team of policemen to the scene but the hoodlums had already escaped. Efforts are on to arrest the culprits, he added.