Defiant bandits attack Kaduna-Abuja highway again, abduct dozens of travellers

…Kaduna to Abuja passengers stranded at Rigasa train station as Booking App stops working Bandits yesterday returned to the Abuja-Kaduna highway, abducting dozens of travellers. The attack reportedly occurred between Akilibu and Rijana villages along the expressway. Confirming the attack, a former Kaduna State senator who represented Kaduna-Central in the 8th Senate, Senator Shehu Sani, said the security officers refused to engage the kidnappers. “Some travellers have been kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja Road an hour ago. The bandits operated between Akilibu and Rijana villages unchallenged. The road is deserted,” he posted…

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Defiant bandits attack Kaduna-Abuja highway again, abduct dozens of travellers

The Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), has said that the internet shutdown in Kaduna State gives the wrong impression that everything was calm, noting “Kaduna is not”. CAN also observed that democratic governance is about securing people and giving them rights and not necessarily about building bridges. The association alleged that many of their members were either kidnapped or killed in Kaduna State, but a conspiracy of silence would not allow the world to know. Speaking during an interview on a television programme, the Vice-President of CAN in the North,…

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Kaduna-Abuja highway: Special Forces eliminate bandits as Buhari orders re-inforcement

Following President Commander in Chief of Nigeria’s Armed Forces Muhammadu Buhari’s directive, special forces have eliminated a number of bandits laying siege at the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The Federal Government has ordered re-inforcement, additional equipment and increased surveillance amid national outrage over kidnappings and killings in the North-West region. It was gathered that several bandits operating on the highway were annihilated between Thursday and Friday in a major onslaught. According to a military officer, who spoke to newsmen, “We have so far killed more than a dozen armed bandits who attempted…

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Kaduna/Abuja road killings: bandits demand N200m ransom from family of abducted policeman attached to Late Zamfara aspirant

Bandits who abducted a policeman attached to a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Zamfara State, Sagir Hashidu, who was killed on Abuja-Kaduna highway last Sunday, have given the policeman’s family six hours to come up with a N200 million ransom. Recall that on Friday, the policeman, Dambo Hosea, was among those abducted by the bandits on the fateful day. The bandits demanded that his family gather N200 million quickly to secure his release. When they called the policeman’s family on cell phone, they said they…

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Kaduna-Abuja highway attacks: Coalition of Northern Groups again tackles Buhari

…Says his threats ineffective Following the renewed regular attacks on passengers on Kaduna-Abuja highway, and the recent order by President Muhammadu Buhari for troops to get merciless with bandits, the Coalition of Northern Groups, (CNG), has described the administration as the worst in the history of the country. The spokesperson of the Coalition, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, while reacting to the recent rise in attacks, killings and kidnappings in the North while the presidency issues empty threats, said government has completely lost control of the region’s forests and highways to armed criminals…

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Buhari orders security agencies to chase bandits from Abuja-Kaduna highway

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the nation’s security chiefs to eliminate the threats of bandits and kidnappers along Abuja-Kaduna highway in particular as well as other places across the country. The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, announced this yesterday, at the end of the National Security Council (NSC) meeting, presided over by the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. According to Aregbesola, the President ordered the Armed Forces and other security agencies, intelligence organisations, not to rest on their oars, notwithstanding the progress and efforts being made to eliminate insurgency,…

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Boko Haram behind Abuja-Kaduna highway attacks — Intelligence sources reveal

The recent attacks on travellers along the beleaguered Abuja-Kaduna highway were carried out by Boko Haram, according to reliable sources. Recall that on Sunday, the terrorists abducted an unspecified number of passengers and killed a notable Zamfara politician along the expressway. The terrorists returned the following day, near the same spot and almost the same time, to open fire on travelers and abduct dozens more. However, a top intelligence source in Abuja, told newsmen, on condition of anonymity, that the recent attacks were carried out by Boko Haram terrorists, who…

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Killings of citizens along Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits, a national shame, Says ACF

The apex socio-cultural forum, Arewa Consultative Forum, (ACF), has described the incessant killings of innocent citizens along the Abuja/Kaduna expressway by bandits as a national shame. Reacting to the most recent attack by bandits on the road which led to the kidnap of many Nigerians, and murder of former Zamfara State governorship aspirant, the Late Hamidu Sagir, in an issued statement signed by the forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, expressed worry that Nigerians on a daily basis are being terrorised, kidnapped, and killed without let on this road. While…

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Kaduna Gov’t confirms attack in travellers on Abuja-Kaduna highway

The Kaduna State government has verified that some travellers were attacked by bandits on the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday. This was disclosed in a statement released by the Kaduna State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan. According to the State government, the number of people abducted in the attack after bandits blocked the highway at about 3:30 p.m,  is yet to be confirmed. Aruwan said, “Security agents responded swiftly to distress calls and checked their operation”. He added that they will publicly disclose the number of people…

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Residents block Abuja-Kaduna highway as gunmen abduct 6 persons

…Police station burnt Following series of abductions in Niger State, some residents of Gauraka community, Tafa LGA yesterday morning blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway to express their displeasure over the incessant cases of kidnapping in the community. This followed an alleged attack by gunmen on Angwan-Wazobia community yesterday, where six locals were reportedly abducted by the assailants. Gauraka community is located along Abuja-Kaduna highway. During the protests, the protesters burned tyres as they called for improved security in the area, as well as an end to incessant attacks on their community.…

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