Unknown gunmen suspected to be armed bandits stormed Kuchi community in Munya local government area of Niger state and abducted 17 people including 2-week-old babies on Saturday night, December 26.

WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the bandits numbering more than 50 armed men with sophisticated weapons stormed the community at about 11pm on Saturday, December 26.

It was also learnt that the local vigilantes were overwhelmed by the gunmen eventhough their live bullets could not penetrate the vigilante group.

The raid reportedly lasted for almost two hours without any security operative countering the attackers.

Among those kidnapped were the parents of the former chairman of the local government, Mallam Yahuza Mohammed, a doctor, two nursing mothers with their two weeks old babies.

A businessman popularly known as Alhaji Albakala who had earlier relocated from the community to Minna, the state capital had four of his family members abducted in an operation.

The member representing the constituency in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Andrew Jagaba, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said the security agents have already been mobilized to the troubled communities.

“In fact the entire community is devastated since last night when the incident happened, the people are now living in fear. But as I speak to you now security personnel have been mobilized to the communities and are working on how to rescue the victims because they have not gone far with the people.” he stated.