Zungeru District Head, two Wives abducted in Niger

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The District Head of Zungeru in Niger state, Mallam Mustapha Madaki, (Madakin Zungeru), and his two wives have been abducted by bandits who whisked away to unknown destination.

It was gathered that the gunmen numbering about 20, stormed the ancient city at about 1:40am on Sunday, made their way straight to the house of the Madakin Zungeru located in the heart of the town, captured him from the room of one of the wives, Habiba.

The gunmen were also said to have taken away the second wife of the Madakin Zungeru in an operation which his neighbors said lasted only 30 minutes without any resistance from any quarter.

According to a source close to the Zungeru town, the gunmen parked their motorcycles about 500 meters away and moved into the town on foot to carry out the attack.

Our source further disclosed that the gunmen may have carried out the attack through an informant as it was only Madaki and his wives that were abducted from the town.

As at press time the abductors were yet to establish any contact with the relations of the victims, and all their cell phones are said to be currently switched off.

This latest abduction is coming exactly one week after 163 children of Salihu Tanko Islamic school in Tegina, Rafi local government area of the state were kidnapped and are still being held captive by their abductors.

Zungeru town where the latest incident occurred is about 30 kilometers from Tegina, and it is the host community to the 700 Mega Watts hydro Electricity dam currently under construction.

Meanwhile it was gathered that the construction company handling the construction work on the 700 Megawatt of the Zungeru hydro dam, Messrs CNEEC-Sino hydro have abandoned the site for security seasons.

It was gathered that all the foreign expatriates working at the site were evacuated on Saturday morning and escorted out of the state under heavy security before the abduction of the Madakin Zungeru in the early hours of Saturday

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