Suspected bandits in Kogi State have abducted 18 traders from Kano State who were on a journey to Abia State to purchase their products.
According to reports from DailyTrust, the traders who are all from the popular Kantin Kwari textile market, were on their way when the assailants attacked their vehicle and forcefully took them into the bush where they have been held hostage.
It was learnt that the traders left Kano on Sunday with the intention of reaching Aba the following day.
Alhaji Abba Bello, the Managing Director of Kantin Kwari Market Management Board, while confirming the incident, said
“The kidnapped traders are 18, but we have so far confirmed the names of 12, but we suspect that their number could reach 18.
They were all travelling to Aba in Abia State when the gunmen attacked them along Lokoja-Okene expressway in Kogi State.
People are saying the victims are up to 20 or even more, but from what we can confirm so far, they are 18.”
When quizzed whether the kidnappers have so far made contact their families for ransom, the MD said he had not officially gotten the information.