Bandits kidnap 11 residents after soldiers withdraw from Katsina community

Following the withdrawal of soldiers from Shimfida village in the Cuttlefish Local Government Area Katsina Statebandits, on Friday night, kidnapped seven residents of the town. PREMIUM TIMES had reported how seven children were killed in a stampede as residents of Shimfida fled the community after soldiers retreated. The soldiers were stationed at the Government Secondary School, Shimfida, some 27 kilometers from the town of Jibia, the seat of the local council, until their withdrawal on Thursday. Shimfida is one of the most affected communities in Katsina state by bandit attacks. Regarding Friday’s incident, a local source, Abdurrazak Ahmad, told PREMIUM TIMES that the 11 residents were also fleeing Shimfida to an unofficial IDP camp in Jibia when they were abducted. He said the victims were mostly elderly women who did not join Thursday’s exodus from the community. Another source in Cuttlefish, who requested anonymity, said residents fear that the bandits will attack Shimfida again in the coming days due to the “hard time the soldiers gave them while they were nearby.” He said that everyone in the community has fled to the main town of Jibia or Katsina for fear of bandits. “Shimfida is a prosperous community. When the soldiers were stationed there, the bandits felt bad because they couldn’t attack the community. From time to time the residents were kidnapped, especially when they went out, but the bandits could not attack the community because of the soldiers. So when the soldiers withdrew, they (residents) felt unsafe and decided to flee,” he said. Katsina Police Command spokesman Gambo Isa did not respond to phone calls and text messages sent to him about the development. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Bandits kidnap 11 residents after soldiers withdraw from Katsina community