The Police Command in Kaduna State, on Wednesday said 16 miners have been kidnapped in Bogoma village of Birnin Gwari Local Government Area in the state.
The Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.
Sabo said the 16 miners were abducted on Tuesday night when the truck they were travelling in was intercepted by armed bandits shortly after they left their mining site on their way home.
“The bandits kidnapped one Isa Tanimu and 15 others, all of the same village,” Sabo added.
He also said that a team of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit are currently combing the area to rescue the miners and arrest the kidnappers.
Sabo described the incident as quite unfortunate, but assured that the command was doing its best to rescue the victims and apprehend the perpetrators.
“We appeal to the general public to assist the police with useful information towards ensuring that the criminals are brought to book,” Police PPRO Sabo said.