On Thursday, gunmen believed to be members of the notorious Boko Haram group allegedly abducted 22 girls in Kurebe hamlet in Rafi local government area of Niger State.
The gunmen allegedly assaulted the neighborhood and abducted the females aged 14 to 17, ostensibly to marry them.
The alleged cult members had notified the community that they (gunmen) would be coming for the girls before the abduction.
Confirming the incident, a source from the area who would not want the name to be mentioned on prints expressed shock over the development, ” they actually carried out their threat without any resistance or any security check”.
According to the source, the group leader simply known as Malam Sadiku has been freely preaching weird Islamic ideology for several months in the area, despite reporting the development to relevant authorities with no action taken.
It would be recalled that the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, had earlier raised the alarm on several occasions that an Islamic group whose mode of operation is similar to Boko Haram had hoist its flag in Kaure a village close to Kurebe.
Similarly, armed bandits had purportedly abducted one Anthony, a Patent Medicine dealer around Maikunkrle, a suburb of Minna, Bosso local government area of the state.