The 44 worshippers abducted from a mosque in Zamfara community last Friday have been subjected to physical labour on armed men’s farmlands, Daily Trust has learnt.
Residents told Daily Trust that the bandits had called to tell relatives that the captives were with them and working on their millet and sorghum plantations but had yet to demand ransom.
Last Friday, bandits abducted dozens of worshippers from a central Juma’at Mosque in the Zugu community of Bukkuyum Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
“However, shortly after they moved inside the mosque they brought out the rifles and fired some shots as a warning.
“They herded the congregants into the bush but some of the worshippers managed to scramble out of the mosque to safety. The muezzin was among those kidnapped but the Imam was able to escape the assault.
When contacted for an update, the spokesman of the police in the state, SP Muhammad Shehu, said search and rescue operation had already commenced.