Bandits in the early hours of today abducted worshippers observing midnight prayer (Tahajjud) at a mosque in Jibia Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The incident took place at Abattoir area of Jibia.
One of the officials of committee on Internally Displaced Persons in Jibia, who confirmed the unfortunate incident to newsmen, 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 mobilizing to attack Jibia, and they notified the security agents and local vigilante as well.
He said Jibia had been targeted by the bandits as some captives once overheard them discussing about their plan of attacking the town.
Police spokesman in Katsina, Gambo Isah, confirmed the incident, saying the bandits who came in their numbers, surrounded the worshippers at a newly constructed mosque at the outskirt of Jibia town.