Suspected militants of the Islamic sect Boko Haram have attacked the Kurebe hamlet in Niger State’s Shiroro Local Government Area, abducting 22 females.
The abducted females were between the ages of 15 and 17, according to LEADERSHIP.
According to reports, the gunmen told the villagers that they were going to marry the girls.
They had previously informed them that the girls should be removed from school because they would come to marry them, according to a community leader who spoke on the condition of anonymity, adding that they were surprised that the terrorists came to pick up the girls without any security checks yesterday (Thursday).
He claimed that the group’s head, Malam Sadiku, oversaw various operations in the area for several months, spreading strange Islamic beliefs freely.
“They operate freely, but when they see a stranger in the community, they usually feel intimidated; they either arrange the stranger’s abduction or chase the individual away; we denounced them to the authorities multiple times,” he stated.
Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, the governor of Niger State, had previously raised the alarm that an Islamic group similar to Boko Haram had raised its flag in Kaure, a community near Kurebe.
Suleiman Dauda Chukuba, the Chairman of Shiroro Local Government Area, has also raised concerns about the group’s actions, demanding for immediate action.