No fewer than seven persons were reportedly kidnapped on Tuesday in Nasarawa State.
A driver who reportedly escaped the attack, Ibrahim Saidu, told newsmen that the incident happened in the Toto Local Government Area of the state at about 6:12 pm on Tuesday.
He explained further that the armed men first opened fire on his car and deflated one of the tyres, but that he managed to escape the attack. Unfortunately, the vehicle behind him, which was also conveying traders from Ugya Village Market back to Toto town, was attacked.
Said continued that the driver of the Volkswagen Golf, who was conveying the traders, suddenly lost control and veered off into the bush, which he said the kidnappers came and whisked them away into the bush at gunpoint.
“They first targeted my vehicle while I was negotiating a sharp bend as one of the gunmen shot at my back tyres, even as I still managed to escape, but the other vehicle behind me was not lucky, as they shot the four tyres, which forced him to stop and whisked away all the passengers on board,” he explained.
When contacted, the spokesman of the Nasarawa State Police Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, said he was not aware of the kidnap incident.
He said he would reach out to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in the local government area to confirm the incident and get back to our reporter later.