Gunmen suspected to be bandits have shot and wounded a man, Yakubu Shuaibu, while he was trying to rescue his wife from being abducted in Tudun-Magaji village in Kontagora LGA of Niger State.
Shuaibu, who was rushed to the Kontagora General Hospital, told Daily Trust on his hospital bed that, “I have two wives and 10 children. That night, I was in my second wife’s room around 12am when I heard my first wife screaming for help. I went to check what happened and discovered that she was surrounded by bandits in her room. As they saw me coming to rescue her, one of them opened fire and shot me on the stomach. He also shot me on the hand. They also shot my son who heard the scream and came out.”
Shuabu’s 32-year-old victim son, Muhammadu Kabiru, who is receiving treatment like his father in the same hospital, said he heard one of his father’s wives screaming and went out of his room to check and in the process was shot.
He said, “I closed from my shop around 11pm. When I returned home, I was still awake around 12am. Then I heard my father’s wife screaming. I went to check what the problem was and one of the bandits shot me.”
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He further said, “Before the last attack, we had been experiencing relative peace for some time after several attacks in the past. But the challenge we are having in the community is that some men go after people’s wives and rape them, especially when their husbands travel. So, when she screamed, I thought it was those men and I went out to check and everywhere was dark. I just heard the sound of the gunshot. They shot me and one started following me and hitting me with a stick on my head as I was running.”
Father and son called on the state government to assist them in their treatment and to station security operatives in the area to enable them have peace, noting that security operatives did not come to their rescue till the bandits left after operating for several hours.