An Islamic scholar and his neighbour were shot dead by gunmen in Birshi. a Fulani Community in Bauchi stale last Thursday, Morning Mail reports.
The gunmen also kidnapped a pregnant woman and, according to family sources, have demanded the payment of N50 million for her to be released.
The Birshin Fulani Community in a press statement on Monday called on security authorities to come to their rescue.
The killed Islamic scholar, who was also a staffer of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, was killed along with his neighbour for resisting being kidnapped by the gunmen.
The statement, signed by one Abdulhamid Jibrin Birshi,disclosed that the kidnappers, after killing the Imam, abducted his son and one other individual and only released them after a heavy ransom was paid.
According to the press release, few days after the first incident, the gunmen struck again, shooting sporadically to scare residents and abducted two more people.
” In another incident, which is the third, the kidnappers stormed the community and kidnapped another individual and the latest incident happened on Thursday the 17th of September where they ransacked the community, kidnapped the wife of an AIT staff whose pregnancy is eight months old, making it the fourth in less than two weeks” the statement read.
The community added that, the kidnappers have killed two people and abducted four and the gunmen are demanding N50 million as ransom, adding: “they have only downsized the money to N45 million after repeated pleas from the husband.”
The gunmen have given a 24-hour ultimatum to the husband to give them amount or get his wife killed, it added.
The community expressed concern that none of its elected office holders has found it worthy “to either sympathize with us or help take a concrete measures that will guarantee our safety and security from the killer gunmen who find pleasure in destroying our hard-earned peace.”