Heavily armed men have struck the sleepy town of Gurin in Fufore local government of Adamawa State and abducted six men, residents told FOMBINATIMES.
A resident of the area told our correspondent on phone that the people were abducted while inspecting their cows about three kilometers away from Gurin town along Gurin/Fufore highway.
“To avert clashes between farmers and herders, it is the practice during rainy season that cows are tended about 3 kilometers outside the town at a specified field along Gurin/Fufore highway every year.
“Usually owners of the cows go on Saturday’s to inspect them. The kidnappers capitalize on this arrangement to storm the field around 7:00am Saturday and abducted six owners of the cows,” he said.
Another resident who disclosed escaping the onslaught by the whiskers said about 7 AK 47 wielding assailants stormed the field and took away the victims.
“I was inside the bush to ease myself when I heard commotion. I hid inside the bush and observed happenings. It was to say the least frightening and gory.
“I counted about 7 of them bearing AK 47 rifles. They marched the victims inside the bush.
“It appears the marauders are not Nigerians as they speak French and a variant of Fulfulde that I cannot readily decipher,” he said.
Another resident of the town said as at 5:00pm, the gunmen are yet to make any ransome demand.
Adamawa State has been witnessing a spike in kidnapping for ransom lately.
A professor of soil science at Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, Adamu Zata, was abducted and released after the payment of N2m ransom, according a member of his family.
Also last week, Chairman of Tabbital Pulaku Jonde Jam (a Fulani group), Abdu Bali, was murdered in his house, in Yola, the state capital.
When contacted over Saturday’s kidnapping, spokesperson of the police in Adamawa, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, confirmed the incident, adding that only four persons were kidnapped.
He said, “Four persons were kidnapped but the bandits freed one of them to take information home.