No fewer than 30 members of the Nigerian Union of Communication (NUC) Zamfara State chapter have been kidnapped by yet to be identified gunmen while on their way back from wedding of a member held in Sokoto last Saturday.
Briefing Journalists on the incident, the Chairman of Zamfara chapter, Kabiru Garba Mukhtar, said their members numbered to 50 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 abducted 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 opportuned to escaped leaving behind 30 other members with no other option than to complied 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 already were 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”, Mukhtar has added.
He cried that, the abductors had called on the leadership of the union to notified 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 save 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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