Rampaging bandits have abducted 22 farmers in Katsina state.
The bandits also rustled at least 33 cattle in the attack which took place in five villages.
The police command in Katsina has confirmed the incident, saying its operatives are doing all they could to rescue the captives.
According to a resident who chose to stay anonymous, the farmers were abducted at Sabon Garin Mallamawa, Garin gado, Kwari, Gurbin Magarya and Tsauni villages.
He said that 33 cattle were also rustled in the area, particularly in Gurbin Magarya village.
Another resident who luckily evaded the kidnappers said:
“In these villages, we depend mainly on two things as our sources of livelihood: farming and domestic animals rearing. These people have stolen all our animals and now they are abducting us on our farms.” He called on the government to come to their rescue, saying they could not migrate to the cities because all they had was in their villages.
Meanwhile the ugly incident has been confirmed by the Katsina State police command.
The spokesman of the police command, Gambo Isah, said that efforts were being made to rescue the captives.