Bandits Attack Kaduna Community, Abduct 61 Persons


Bandits in the late hours of Monday, reportedly abducted about 61 persons, when they attacked Buda community under Kajuru LGA of Kaduna State.

Dauda Kajuru, a resident of the community, said the bandits came to the community in large numbers and started shooting sporadically.

He said some members of his family were part of the victims, adding that a swift response from the military prevented the bandits from going away with a larger number of people.

Stated Kajuru: “What happened yesterday was terrifying. The bandits came intending to abduct scores of people that will outnumber that of school pupils in Kuriga Village of Chikun LGA, but the swift response of soldiers who were not more than 2 kilometres away from Kajuru curtailed the number.

“My siblings were part of those abducted yesterday and based on the information available as of this morning, the bandits and their victims are yet to get to their destination”.

Lawal Abdullahi, another resident of the community who escaped from the bandits, said his wife, children and some women, including a nursing mother of two weeks, were among the abductees.

He urged the state government to take action and ensure the safe return of the victims.

Said Abdullahi: “The situation devastates me because we have not heard from them since the incident happened on Monday.

“We are appealing to the government to take action and ensure our loved ones return immediately”.

When contacted to comment on the incident, Mansir Hassan, spokesperson of the Kaduna State police Command, did not respond.

The attack came a few days after bandits abducted 287 school children including their teachers in Kuriga town in Chikun LGA of Kaduna State.

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