Bandits Return To Abuja-Kaduna Highway After IGP's Visit, Kidnap 22 Villagers


At least 22 villages were reportedly kidnapped by bandits who raided homes in Anguwar Maji, Jere town along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

The raid comes barely 24 hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, visited and patrolled the highway in the wake of the Abuja-Kaduna train attacks.

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

A resident of Anguwar Maji, Shehu Bala, said the incident happened around 11 pm on Sunday, it was reported on Monday.

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.

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

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


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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