Bandits in the early hours of Monday abducted worshippers observing midnight prayer (Tahajjud) at a mosque in Jibia Local Government Area of State.
The incident took place at Abattoir area of Jibia.
One of the officials of committee on IDPs in Jibia, who confirmed the unfortunate incident to Daily Trust, said the number of those abducted could be higher than 40.
He said around 7:30pm on Sunday, they had intelligence that the bandits were mobilising to attack Jibia, and they notified the security agents and local vigilante as well.
“Our focus was on Izala mosque at Tashar Huraira area, so we deployed our resources there, but unfortunately, they went to the mosque which is not that popular.
“One of the worshippers who escaped told us that they surrounded the mosque while prayers were in progress, went in, switched off the microphone with which the Imam was reciting Qur’an, and asked the worshippers to move out,” he said.
He said Jibia had been targeted by the bandits as some captives once overheard them discussing about their plan of attacking the town.