Gunmen suspected of being bandits have kidnapped a retired colonel, Rabi’u Yandoto, and his two sons on the Gusau-Tsafe road in Zamfara state.

An indigenous man from the area, Mohammed Hassan, said Yandoto was on his way to his hometown with his two children on Sunday night when he was ambushed by bandits and taken into the forest.

Hassan said: “The bandits ambushed the retired colonel on Sunday night and kidnapped him along with his two children and two other victims.”

“We heard shots and we started running towards the bush for fear of the bandits, but then we realized that Colonel Yandoto was their target,” Hassan added.

Yandoto is a close political rival of Senator Kabiru Marafa and has been campaigning against Marafa’s ambition to win the 2023 election.

He is the leader of the Zamfara All Progressive Congress political group called ‘Wake da Shinkafa’ with the sole aim of ensuring that Kabiru Marafa does not win the senatorial seat in 2023.

Efforts to speak to the state police command spokesman, SP Mohammed Shehu, were unsuccessful as he could not be reached by phone at the time of filing this report.

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