Gunmen kidnap 30 phone repairers in Zamfara

Unknown gunmen have abducted 30 members of the Nigerian Union of Communication in (NUC) Zamfara State.


The victims were said to be coming back  from wedding of a member held in Sokoto  when they fell into the hands of the kidnappers.


The Chairman of Zamfara  NUC, Kabiru Garba Mukhtar told Journalists that no fewers than 50 of their members were on Saturday abducted by kidnappers along the axis of Tureta local government area of Sokoto and Lambar Bakura of Zamfara states.

Mukhtar further explained that, ” majority of the victims were in a Coasta bus while some of them boarded two other vehicles in a convoy as the gunmen just emerged and blocked the road asking them to go with them down the bush at gun point.”

He noted that “twenty five of the members were able  to escape leaving behind 30 other members with no other option than to comply with the orders given by the gunmen who took them down the bush as captives.

“It was reported to us that two of our members had escaped with gunshot wounds and were already conveyed to hospital by the Police on a rescue mission, while six others sustained various degree of injuries as they decided to run for their safety”

He cried that, the abductors had called on the leadership of the union to notify them that their members were under their custody, but did not make any request for ransom yet, adding that,

“The Coasta bus had developed a clutch problem which was fixed at a garage in one village during which we suspected that an informant had communicated to the bandits”.

The Chairman further called on the Police, other security agencies and the Zamfara State Government to do the needful with a view to saving the lives of their innocent members who contribute immensely towards building the economy in the state.

He however added that, all the abducted members have at least eight to ten employees under their businesses and were contributing to the Internally Generated Revenue in the state hence the need for the concern authorities to gear up to secure their immediate release.

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