Barely 15 days after the Kidnap of the District Head of Yakila in Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulamid by Gunmen suspected to be armed bandits, the community has been deserted like a ghost town, with stalls and commercial outlets under lock and key.
Some residents of the community were also said to have relocated from the community to neighbourhood communities for fear of further attacks by the fleeing hoodlums.
National Wires learnt that at the time of the attack by the bandits some three weeks ago, the District Head, in conjunction with the Ward leader of the APC and a Staff Nurse at Garin-Gabas who was identified as Halima, as well as her two little Children were kidnapped and have remained in the custody of their abductors since the unfortunate incidence occurred.
It was further gathered that majority of the traders who were in the habits of displaying their article of trades by the road sides and other major streets in the community were nowhere to be seen around the community earlier noted for it’s hustling and bustling.
Further checks revealed that some residents of the community who managed to stay back in the community, locked themselves inside their residential houses opting to take a look at the State Governor from the windows within their houses.
This reporter who was on the convoy of the State Governor,Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello during the visit also learnt that the notorious armed bandits only spoke to leadership of the community once since the District Head was abducted adding that it was about two weeks ago that the incident happened .
According to the leaders of the community, the bandits have not contacted them again since the incident occurred, fueling fears that the kidnaped district Head may have been killed.
One of the community leaders, an Alhaji who briefed the Governor on the unfortunate incident said “the last time they made contact with us was two weeks ago but they did not ask for anything”.
He stated further that there was already apprehension in the community dwellers about the safety of the embattled District Sead, noting that “right now we don’t even know whether he has been killed or not “.
But our reporter exclusively gathered from one of the community members who craved for anonymity in a brief chat that the bandits have actually demanded for a ransom of N4million.
Addressing some members of the community in the kidnapped District Head’s Palace, the State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello said the government has intelligence report that the bandits have informants among the people, stressing that the report was reinforced by the fact that less than 24 hours after the abduction of the District Head, had allegedly held a meeting designed to set up a local security outfit for the community, shortly after which the bandits struck.
The Governor B thereby informed the people that they should join hands with the government to secure their community from the incessant banditry attack , saying, that “security is everybody’s business”.
Governor Sani Bello also assured the people that government was on top of the situation, hilighting that very soon the fleeing bandits would be arrested, prosecuted and be brought to Book.