… As Gunmen kill soldier, abduct housewife, 8 children in Kaduna***
The Kaduna Police Command has confirmed the abduction of the Emir of Bungudu, Zamfara state, Alhaji Hassan Atto, and an unspecified number of commuters, along the Kaduna – Abuja highway.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Tuesday, in Kaduna.
“Today, Sept 14, at about 3.10 pm, the Kaduna Police Command received a tragic report of an attack and kidnapping incident around Dutse village along the Kaduna-Abuja road.
“An unspecified number of people were suspected to have been kidnapped, while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment.
“Equally, available information indicated that the Emir of Bungudu, Zamfara State, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hassan Atto, is among the people abducted to an unknown destination,” he said.
Reports reaching the command indicated that the commuters were intercepted by the bandits, who fired shots at random, before abducting their victims.
He said operatives of the command were dispatched to restore normalcy in the area, as a result of which an officer paid the supreme price.
Jalige added that four vehicles were recovered from the scene, but that the exact number of persons kidnapped was yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, a reinforcement team had been dispatched to the area, with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt, Jalige also said.
In the meantime, Gunmen attacked the residence of a Kaduna State University lecturer, Dr Ahmed Buba, in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Monday and seized his six children.
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The gunmen also shot a soldier, Ebuka Okechukwu dead. The soldier died of gunshot wounds in a hospital.
They abducted Rabi Isya, Dr Buba’s neighbour’s wife and two of her children.
The bandits were, however, intercepted on Tuesday.
A highly reliable source said the bandits numbered about 30; they were armed
with sophisticated weapons with which they shot sporadically into the air as they attacked the community.
“The joint personnel of Kaduna State Vigilance Service, the military and the police swiftly responded to a distress call.
“On sighting the security personnel, the bandits opened fire and in the process killed the soldier,’’ the source said.
Malam Haruna Shika a resident of the area said the six kidnapped children were rescued at Kasuwan Da’a in Zaria local government area.
Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, Lt. Joy Abah, Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Army Depot, Zaria, said the information on the death of the soldier had not reached her.
All-day-long attempts to get the police to react were abortive as police spokesman in the state refused to respond to calls and to text messages.