Just In: Bandits invade Zaria, abduct residents

May strike Ahmadu Bello University, Aviation College

Bandits, on Friday morning, stormed the Zango community in Samaru, Zaria town, Kaduna State and kidnapped an unspecified number of persons.

These were made known in a tweet by a former Senator representing Kaduna Central Zone, Shehu Sani.

This has sparked fears that the bandits might be heading for the Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Main Campus, the College of Aviation and the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology, all located in the same area.

Sani further urged the security agencies to guard the institutions of learning situated in the same area.

He wrote: “Early this morning, bandits stormed Zango area Samaru, Zaria and kidnapped scores of people. Ahmadu Bello University main campus, College of Aviation and Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology located in the same area must take immediate preventive security steps to secure lives” — Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) August 27, 2021.

According to reports, the bandits were said to have invaded the community from different entry points around 1 am on Friday, when the residents were sleeping.

“The bandits also attacked other houses within the area, as they fired several shots which lasted for about 30 minutes”, a witness narrated.

Kaduna has witnessed a surge in bandit activities in recent times.

On July 5, bandits stormed Bethel Baptist College near Kaduna metropolis, about 80kms southjwest of Zaria, and kidnapped at least 140 schoolchildren.

No fewer than 8 people were also abducted from the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre in Zaria the previous day. Two nurses and a 12-month-old child were among those seized.

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