Soldiers and the police in Jigawa State say they are searching for two traditional rulers, the village and ward heads of Kijin Village in Gwaram Local Government Area of the state, Alhaji Garba Mamuda and Alhaji Daura Mamuda, who were kidnapped by unknown persons Tuesday.

Spokesman of the police command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, said the Commissioner of Police had visited the village where he met with stakeholders.

Jinjiri added that a team of soldiers, police and other security organizations were patrolling the area to get the kidnappers. “I want assure the general public that we are doing all our best to rescue the traditional rulers and arrest the kidnappers. We are still receiving useful information from various quarters,” he said.

A family member of one of the local chiefs said the kidnappers stormed the village Tuesday night, headed straight to the residence of Alhaji Garba, the village head and forced him into their vehicle before moving to the residence of his brother, Alhaji Dauda, who is the ward head of the area and seized him.

Our correspondent gathered that kidnappers have been operating in Galambi, Fagam and Basirka districts for over a year now.

“We have lodged series complaints to the police but nothing has been done to curtail the situation. Earlier, the kidnappers were attacking Fulani settlements in the bush, but they have started visiting villages in the area. Almost 70 to 80 per cent of the Fulani settlements in the area have been deserted,” he added. “Sometimes, they would just visit a house and give the head of the family a polythene bag and ask him to raise N2m for them within two or three weeks. If he fails, they would either kill him or brutalize him and give him another date to gather the amount,” he said.

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