Police officers killed, contractor’s son kidnapped in Jigawa
Story from Aisha AUYO, Abuja
The killings of two officers in Taura Local Government Area and the abduction of Haruna Maifata, the state’s contractor’s son-in-law, have been confirmed by the Jigawa State police.
The incident happened at Kwalam, part of the Taura LGA, where the contractor lives. Ma’aru Abubakar, the contractor’s son-in-law, was kidnapped.
While confirming the event to reporters, Lawan Adam, a police spokesperson in Jigawa, said the police were stepping up their efforts to apprehend the bandits.
According to him, Anas Usaini, a superintendent of police, and Sunusi Alhassan, an inspector, were killed.
He narrated that the cops were shot and killed beside an improvised patrol car set on fire by the attackers.
Residents narrated that the gunmen broke inside their target’s home after striking a security formation and then proceeded unhindered into the town. They explained that the latest kidnapping incident happened less than three months after a businessman, Kabiru Taura, was abducted and released after allegedly paying a ransom of over N20 million.
Jigawa is a comparatively peaceful state in Nigeria’s troublesome northwestern area, but locals have urged for increased security to guarantee that the situation there does not worsen. Compared to neighbouring Northwestern states like Kaduna, Zamfara, and Kebbi, where thousands of people were slain or kidnapped last year, the state has seen fewer armed attacks.