Gun-wielding assailants have stormed Ganye town in Ganye Local Government of Adamawa State in the early hours of Tuesday and abducted two nursing mothers and three children, from the house of one Alhaji Hussain, eyewitnesses disclosed.
A relative of the victim who does not want his name mentioned, said the gunmen stormed Alhaji Hussaini Ahmadu’s house near Federal Government College at about 2:00 am today, overpowered the security men and entered the house where they abducted two nursing mothers and three children at gunpoint.
“The gunmen stormed the area at about 2:00 am today, overpowered the security men and entered the house where they abducted two nursing mothers and three children at gunpoint.
“Residents were awoken by pandemonium amidst gunshots which greeted the area as the assailants who came in large numbers, bearing dangerous weapons carry out their operations,” the eyewitness disclosed.
He noted that police in the area were alerted and swiftly accosted the assailants leading to a serious exchange of gunfire at Buwangal.
“During the heavy exchange of fire, four policemen were injured. The injured Policemen have been taken to Ganye hospital while the kidnappers succeeded in taking away their victims,” the source added.
Confirming the incident, the image-maker of Adamawa State police command, Sulaiman Nguroje said the crime took place in the early hours of today (Tuesday) when the Armed men invaded the house of Alhaji Hussain Ahmadu situated at a remote side of Wukari Ward, in Ganye town and kidnapped his two wives with three kids.
“Immediately police were alerted, The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) and his team rushed to the scene to prevent the crime but were ambushed. After shootouts, four of our men sustained bullet wounds.
“The command mobilized a heavy team and now going after the hoodlums to rescue the victims and arrest the kidnappers,” he said.
In the vein, the Information Officer of the Local Government, Kabiru Njidda, in a phone chat, told Neptune Prime that about four policemen have been injured.
“I’m just about to see the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) over the issue but four policemen have been injured. I will call you after meeting with the DPO to brief you about the actual situation,” Njidda pledged.
Despite efforts by the state government and security operatives in the state, kidnapping has become a major security challenge in the state.
To stem the tide of insecurity, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri has purchased and distributed 60 Hilux vans as well as dozens of motorcycles to security formations upon assumption of office.
About two weeks ago, the state police command has paraded no fewer than 309 hardened criminals including kidnappers and armed robbers across the state in an audacious move to nip criminality in the bud.