Bandits kidnap 24 persons on Abuja-Kaduna highway, after IGP’s visit

Bandits have raided some houses at Anguwar Maji, in Jere town along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and abducted 22 villagers.

This comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, visited the highway.

Jere, which shares a boundary with Tafa-Sabon-Wuse in Niger State, is located on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

According to Daily Trust, a resident of Anguwar Maji, Shehu Bala said the incident happened around 11pm on Sunday.

Bala said the bandits, who came in large numbers and wielded AK-47 rifles, invaded some houses and whisked away 22 residents, including five women.

“The bandits came in their large numbers as some of them wore army uniforms.

“They moved from house to house and woke their victims up before they marched them into the bush at gunpoint,” he said.

According to him, the bandits operated silently in the community for over an hour.

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He added that they only started shooting sporadically to scare people from coming after them after leaving the community.

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Bala, however, said one of the 22 kidnapped victims escaped from his abductors while being led into the bush.

 

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