At least 20 people have been abducted in Dange Shuni local government area of Sokoto state by bandits believed to be fleeing Nigerian Air Force attacks in Bakura in the Talata Mafara axis of Zamfara State on Tuesday.
The military operation has been supported with the shutdown of mobile telecommunications networks and suspension of cattle markets and ban of sale of petrol in jerry cans.
Sokoto State Commissioner for Security Affairs, Garba Moyi, confirmed the development but said the state government was on top of the situation.
He said bandits from Zamfara had been moving into Sokoto but were not kidnapping people as being reported because they were only looking for escape routes.
Moyi confirmed that sometimes the bandits attacked residents to instill fear or steal food while on the run.