By Ese Awhotu with agency report
The village head of Garin Labo in Batsari Local Government Area of Katsina State, Alhaji Bature Mai’unguwa has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen.
The Police Command in Katsina said the armed bandits struck the area on Tuesday afternoon and abducted the village head who was working in his farmland near the Rugu forest along with some other villagers.
Reports said armed gunmen stormed the farmlands on motorcycles and started shooting indiscriminately to scare people away and pave way for kidnap of the village head..
The Spokesman for the Katsina Police Command, SP Gambo Isah,confirmed the development on Wednesday, saying that, ‘’Operation Puff Adder responded to the distress call, but since it was far inside near Rugu forest before they could reach, the hoodlums have already fled into the forest.
‘’We are following a lead that may assist us in rescuing him.
‘’The command is calling on communities in the affected areas to always form groups while going to their farms and inform security agents for security backup.
‘’We are reminding people of the state government’s directives on the suspension of farming activities around Rugu forest areas.
“Members of the communities are reminded to put the security of their lives first before embarking on any activity.’’