Unknowns have kidnapped 30 wedding guests in northwestern Nigeria. The perpetrators set up a roadblock and fired at the vehicles that had to stop.
The people were abducted on a rural road in Zamfara state on Saturday night, Zamfara police spokesman Muhammad Shehu said.
Bishop also kidnapped
Also, according to police in the southwestern state of Oyo, Anglican Bishop Oluwaseun Aderogba of the Diocese of Jebba, his wife and a driver were kidnapped over the weekend. The Bishop’s car suffered an engine failure – the group was then attacked and taken away. In May, the prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, Samuel Kanu, was kidnapped along with two other priests. The clergy were released a few days later.
Robbery-related kidnappings are common in Africa’s most populous country. Behind this are Islamist terrorist groups such as Boko Haram as well as criminal gangs who want to extort ransom money.