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Today's Headlines: Bandits Kidnap Another Pastor in Niger, Police Arrests 17 Kidnappers in Sokoto

In today's news: Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria after five-month absence, Bandits kidnap Pastor Bitrus of Shiyona Church, demand N60m ransom in Niger State, and Police arrest 17 kidnap, robbery suspects in Sokoto

Niger: Bandits kidnap Pastor Bitrus of Shiyona Church, demand N60m ransom

Armed men have allegedly kidnapped the Pastor in Charge of Shiyona Baptist Church, Reverend Yohanna Gyang Bitrus in Ugwan Saye in Yakila community in Tegina, Rafi Local Government area of Niger State.

It was gathered that the incident occurred on Thursday at about 2pm.

The gunmen were said to have arrived in the community and went straight to the cleric’s house and whisked him away to an unknown location.

A source in the community told the DAILY POST that the bandits stormed the area in the afternoon, shooting sporadically to create panic among the people.

Police arrest 17 kidnap, robbery suspects in Sokoto

The Police Command in Sokoto State on Thursday said it arrested no fewer than 17 suspects over armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.

Mr Kamaldeen Okunlola, the state Commissioner of Police, disclosed this to newsmen in Sokoto.

Okunlola said that the command on March 4, arrested one Jabbi Wanto, over criminal conspiracy and kidnapping of two persons in Tamba Garka village of Wurno Local Government Area of the state.

“The people of the village reported that on March 4, at about 3 a.m unknown bandits in large number invaded their houses and kidnapped two persons to unknown destination.

Aisha Buhari returns to Nigeria after five-month absence

Aisha Buhari, wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, has returned to Nigeria after several months of absence, a source at the presidential villa has said.

The first lady has not been seen at public events since October 2020.

She is said to have departed Nigeria after Hanan, one of her daughters, got married in September.

The first lady has reportedly spent the last five months in Dubai.

While one source said she left the country for medical reasons, another said she went to spend some time with one of her daughters.

Amid reports that the first lady left the country, the presidency had not communicated to Nigerians why she left, and how long she was going to be away.

The president’s wife also stayed away from social media for months, and has had other people represent her at events.

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