Justina Asishana, Minna

Passengers traveling from Kontagora to Minna in Niger state Transport mass transit bus have been abducted by gunmen.

The Nation learnt that 21 out of 22 passengers were abducted in the attack, which occurred at about 2pm on Sunday.

The bus was attacked at Yakila village in Rafi local government area of the state.

Sources told The Nation the gunmen stopped the bus and started shooting sporadically, asking everyone to disembark before heading them into the bush.

No one could say how one person, a breastfeeding mother, escaped.

The woman, who was traumatised with what she saw, explained the gunmen blocked the road, ordered them to come down and went away with the other passengers saying she does not know why she was not taken along.

Passersby, who met the empty bus after the incident, also confirmed the incident to The Nation.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Wasiu Abiodun, was unavailable when efforts were made to get confirmation.

Efforts to get the Commissioner and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation were also abortive as their phones were switched off.

However, the Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency, Mallam Ibrahim Inga confirmed the incident.

He said he met the incident when he was returning from Kagara for the revalidation of his APC membership in company of the Chief of Staff to the Niger state Governor.

He said that no government official was in the bus.