The District Head of the ancient city of Zungeru in Niger state, Mallam Mustapha Madaki, (Madakin Zungeru), and his two wives have been kidnapped by gunmen and whisked away to an unknown destination.
SECURITY REPORTERS.com learnt that the gunmen said to be about 20 stormed the ancient city at about 1:40am on Sunday and made their way straight to the house of the Madakin Zungeru, located in the heart of the town, and captured him from the room of one of his wives, Habiba.
The gunmen were also said to have taken away the second wife of the monarch in an operation which his neighbours said lasted only 30 minutes without any resistance from any quarter.
A source close to Zungeru town said the gunmen parked their motorcycles about 500 metres away and moved into the town on foot to carry out the attack.
Our source further disclosed that the gunmen may have carried out the attack through an informant, as it was only Madaki and his wife that were abducted from the town.
The abductors are yet to establish any contact with the relations of the victims at the time of filing this report, as all their cell phones were said to be switched off.
The latest abduction is coming exactly one week after 163 children of Salihu Tanko Islamic school in Tegina, Rafi local government area of the state were kidnapped and still being held captive by their abductors.
Zungeru town, where the latest incidence occurred, is about 30 kilometres from Tegina, and it is the host community to the 700 MegaWatts hydro Electricity dam currently under construction.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the company handling the construction work on the Zungeru hydro dam, Messrs CNEEC-Sino hydro, has abandoned the site for security reason.
All the foreign expatriates working at site were said to have been evacuated on Saturday morning, and escorted out of the state under heavy security, before the abduction of the Madakin Zungeru, in the early hours of Saturday.