Banditry is on the increase in Nigeria especially in the part northern part of the country.
Northwest Nigeria, which used to be the bastion of security and stability, has been hit hard by rural banditry.
They are armed violence driven principally by the criminal intent to steal and plunder. It is motivated by the quest for economic accumulation. The victims are individuals and communities with material valuables.
Rural banditry in the northwestern states of Zamfara, Kaduna and Katsina has reached alarming heights in recent years. Bandits terrorise villages with impunity. They have actually settled in the Zamfara state, setting up fortified enclaves in the hinterland and on the frontiers, from where they plot and carry out their operations.
In the early hours of today, suspected Bandits have reportedly killed one person and abducted seven women, during a fresh attack, on Daulai village of Safana area council of Katsina State.
According to reports, the suspected bandits numbering about 30, stormed the village at about 1 o clock early morning of Tuesday, September 14, shooting sporadically before abducting their victims.
The bandits also broke into shops carted away foodstuff and rustled an unspecified number of cows, The source also revealed that survivors have fled the village to nearby communities for safety.
He said that the renewed attack on the village had prompted residents to call for the urgent attention of the security agencies, to rescue the abducted women, as the villagers are not in a position to pay any ransom.
The victims believed that military bombardment of the bandits hideout, will pave the way for peace in the area.
Confirming the incident, the spokesman of the Command, SP Gambo Isah, said that one 50-year-old man named Ashiru, was killed by the hoodlums during the attack, but that, he was not in a position to ascertain the number of women abducted.
He said that he will contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Safana for updates