Tuesday May 11, 2021
Fears still radiated among residents of Jibia community on Monday, May 10, 2021, following the early morning bandits’ abduction of some Muslim worshipers in the town.
The Katsina Police Command which rescued 30 of the abductees, however, said 10 people were still unaccounted for.
The bandits arrived the mosque around 12.30am on Monday morning, whisked away 47 worshippers to an unknown destination, however seven of the abducted worshippers managed to escape from the kidnappers.
According to a report on Daily Nigerian, the worshippers were observing Tahaiud, a midnight prayer often observed by Muslims during Ramadan when the bandits struck.
The spokesman for the Command, SP Gambo Isah, provided a further explanation of the incident.
He said, “Yesterday at about 12.30am, gunmen armed with sophisticated weapons attacked a mosque which is a new building located at Abatuwa community.
The new mosque is located on the road leading to the Jibia dam, where there is little people activity, which gave the gunmen the opportunity to carry out the attack.
A resident, Lawal Jibiya, was quoted to have said that the residents were alerted to the movement of the bandits by neighboring villagers and hundreds of youths and local vigilante were waiting for them at the eastern entry point through Daddara, Kukar Babangida, and Magama but the bandits changed route to the lonely western entry point of the village.
“The gunmen abducted 40 people, but when we heard about the incident, we didn’t waste time to pursue them and we were able to rescue 30 of them.
“Ten others are still missing, and we don’t know their whereabouts. An investigation is ongoing,” he added.