Niger police command, on Wednesday, said 13 travellers were abducted by gunmen at Konar Barau village in Rafi LGA of the state.
Monday Kuryas, Niger commissioner of police, confirmed the incident.
According to Kuryas, the divisional police officer (DPO) of Zungeru reported that one Mubarak Idris of Kwanawa village, Sokoto state, reported the matter to the police “at about 1530 hours”.
Idris, identified as the driver of a bus with registration number LGT 12 XWX, was said to have been conveying 18 passengers from Yauri in Kebbi state, when the incident occurred.
The travellers, mostly fishermen, were said to be on their way to Yenagoa in Bayelsa state, when they were attacked.
The police said Idris reported that on getting to a sharp bend at Konar Barau along the Tegina-Minna road, some “suspected bandits in military uniform” attacked the vehicle and took away 13 passengers and his “motor boy”.
The driver also said the gunmen dispossessed him of N131,500.
Speaking on the development, the police commissioner said a manhunt for the victims has commenced.
He also urged residents to come forward if they have useful information that can lead to the arrest of the gunmen.
“We appeal to residents to volunteer reliable information that could aid in apprehending miscreants in the state,” he said.
“We are doing everything humanly possible to ensure protection of lives and property in our area of supervision.
“All we require from residents is vital intelligence information that could aid the security personnel deployed across the state on movement of dubious characters in their midst for necessary security action.”