Soldiers thwart bandit attack in Zamfara, rescue kidnapped politician and family

Militia-backed soldiers rescued a politician and his family members on Saturday night after engaging bandits in a shootout in which “several bandits” were killed.

Sources in Gusau, the capital of Zamfara state, told PREMIUM TIMES by phone that the politician, Aminu Adamu, was abducted from his house in the Mareri neighborhoods of the city.

Mr Adamu, known as Papa, is the chief executive of the Zamfara State Transport Authority and a close ally of the governor Bello Matawalle.

A local resident, Zayyanu Muhammad, told this reporter that the bandits came on motorbikes and stormed the neighborhoods of Mareri, where Mr. Adamu lives with his family.

“Dad was not the target. They were targeting lawyer Hafiz Sufyan but he was not at home. kept asking him where his neighbor, lawyer Hafiz Sufyan, was, but he told them he was out of town, they said they were told Barrister was at his house.

“They then took him and his family members away. By then, locals had informed militia members on the main road, who confronted the bandits,” he said.

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Mr Muhammad added that the militia members chased the bandits out of the neighborhoods, forcing them to release the politician’s two wives and children and flee with him.

Another source, who lives in the area, Ashafa Sani, said he heard heavy gunfire as soldiers attacked the bandits.

“I was watching movies around 1am when I started hearing heavy gunfire. It was terrifying but thanks to Allah the man was saved,” he said.

Mr Dani said Mr Adamu was shot twice in the leg during the shooting and taken to hospital.

“I think when the soldiers arrived and it was obvious that they had been arrested, the bandits decided to kill Papa because they shot him twice in the leg. The soldiers rescued him and took him to the hospital. I was in the hospital this afternoon to see him because he is my neighbour,” he said.

Mr Muhammad said many bandits were killed, including a woman.

“Their corpses are at the Federal Medical Center in Gusau. I saw the bodies, all of them were young people. We were told only two of the bandits escaped,” he added.

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