Gunmen kidnap chemist, applicant in separate coordinated attacks in Katsina
Gunmen have abducted a chemist and a job applicant in the Malumfashi and Kankara local government areas of Katsina State, The Punch reports.
The two separate incidents happened in the early hours of Monday and Tuesday.
Residents said the gunmen, numbering about 30, struck around 1am on Tuesday at Malumfashi, where they kidnapped a popular chemist in the town, Charles Chukwudi, from his residence at the Mission area.
The residents disclosed that the gunmen overpowered vigilantes in the area before taking him away in his Toyota Corolla.
His shop, located within his compound, was also reportedly looted by the gunmen.
A resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “The gunmen arrived between 12am and 1am and made for his house. The vigilantes tried to resist them, but they could not withstand their firepower. They took him away in his Toyota Corolla after looting his shop and carting the cash and drugs inside.”
The PUNCH learnt that Chukwudi’s family had yet to be contacted as of Wednesday.
Residents said the gunmen thought that Tyom was the owner of a car parked in the compound before whisking him away.
A resident, who did not want to be identified, said the gunmen later called to demand N10m ransom, adding that they were told that Tyom recently lost his job.
He said, “When the gunmen called to demand N10m, they kept on saying, ‘Is he (Tyom) not the owner of the car parked inside the compound? How can he say he does not have money?’ They must have mistaken him for his neighbour, who is the car owner. Tyom is barely managing himself since he lost his job. Things have been difficult for him. Where will he get that kind of money from?”
The spokesman for the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, did not respond to enquiries on the two cases, even as residents said they were reported at the police divisions in the two councils.