Niger state police on Wednesday confirmed that gunmen killed a motorcyclist and kidnapped four others in Mangwaro village, a border community between Niger and Kaduna states.
Mangwaro village is located in Kachia local government area of Kaduna State.
The command’s spokesperson Abubakar Dan-Inna said the attack took place on Tuesday night while the victims were travelling from Kaduna back to Niger State.
Earlier, some locals had said that two persons were killed while 15 others were kidnapped by the gunmen.
Mr Dan-Inna however debunked the claim, insisting that only a commercial motorcyclist was killed and four persons kidnapped.
Niger State commissioner for information Danjuma Sallau who also confirmed the attack said no contact had been made by the kidnappers for ransom for the victims.
Mr Sallau assured the people that Niger State government would work with its Kaduna counterpart to ensure the abducted persons regain their freedom.
He explained that a combined team of security operatives comprising the Nigerian Army, police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as local vigilante officials has been drafted to the area to enforce peace.