This is contained in a statement signed by the Governor’s media aide, Ibrahim Dosara, and made available to newsmen in Gusau on Friday.
Dosara also said that the governor had ordered an immediate investigation into the activities of the bandits in the state with a view to restoring peace in the area.
According to a report by eye witnesses to newsmen, the gunmen were over a hundred and stopped three Toyota Canters carrying passengers from Dansadau to Dankurmi and diverted the vehicles at gunpoint to an unknown destination.
The gunmen left with all the passengers, except one woman who they spared alongside her three-year-old son and asked her to convey their request.
The woman was said to have reported back to Dansadau, stating that the bandits would not release the hostages until the governor released their 400 cows which were recovered from them by security men recently.
The gunmen gave an ultimatum of seven days for this exchange.
Recall, that a joint security patrol had recovered the rustled cows from the criminals during which seven members of the gang were also killed near Bindin village of Maru local government.
Shortly after the abduction of the villagers, a team of mobile policemen went on a rescue mission but the bandits shot and killed two of them and also went away with a third.