Gunmen abduct District Head, his two wives in Niger
The District Head of the ancient city of Zungeru in Niger state, Mallam Mustapha Madaki, (Madakin Zungeru), and his two wives have been kidnapped by gunmen and whisked away to an unknown destination.
The gunmen said to numbering about 20, stormed the ancient city at about 1:40am on Sunday and made their way straight to the house of the Madakin Zungeru located in the heart of the town and captured him.
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 quota.
According to a source close to the Zungeru town, the gunmen parked their motorcycles about 500 meters away and moved into the town on foots to carry out the attack.
Sources 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.
The abductors are yet to establish any contact with the relations of the victims, and all their cell phones are said to be currently switched off.