Banditry: 18 kidnapped, 5 escaped in Kaduna

Bandits kidnapped 18 persons light when they invaded Keke community close to the millennium city in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

However, 5 of the abducted 18, escaped while being herded along bush paths into the forest. One of the escapees, Engineer Usman Ibrahim said the kidnappers came into the community in the late hours of Monday evening while it was raining and moved from one house to another, apprehending them.

According to him, eighteen of them including women and children were among the kidnapped. He said he escaped by running into a rice farm, but three of his family members were taken away by the kidnappers.

Another victim Alkasim Sai’d was said to be kidnapped along with two of his uncles. One of the uncles is said to be the caretaker of Alkasim Sai’d’s poultry farm, while the second uncle was said to have come visiting a day before the incident.

The community members who decried the porous security arrangement said while the bandits were busy “harvesting” members of their community, they put calls through to all the necessary authorities and individuals all to no avail.

They said a Police operation vehicle came the following morning long after the kidnappers were far gone.

Kaduna Police spokesman Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mohammed Jalige in a press statement however claimed the Police rescued the 5 and 12 are still with the bandits who said the Police are on their trail.

The kidnappers are yet to contact any of the families to demand ransom.

Bandits brandishing guns

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