NURTW drivers protest repeated kidnappings, killings on Kaduna-Birnin highway

NURTW drivers protest repeated kidnappings, killings on Kaduna-Birnin highway

- Passengers were stranded in Kaduna as commercial drivers protested spate of killings and kidnappings in the state

- NURTW in the state said there has been incessant cases of kidnapping of their commuters and they could not take it anymore

- The police command in the state, however, said they never received any report of such incidents

Many passengers were stranded at the Kawo Motor Park in Kaduna state because commercial drivers were protesting the activities of kidnappers and gunmen on the Kaduna-Birnin highway.

Passengers were without hope on how to get to their various destinations as the protest put on lock down transportation services in the state, Daily Trust reports.

Usman Aliyu, the chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), while speaking with the media, said all roads were blocked because motorists in the environs are fed up with the killings and kidnappings of people.

He said: “Gunmen no longer block road with stones or tree branches, they now stationed themselves in the middle of the road armed to the teeth. They open fire to any vehicle passing and don’t mind the number of casualties during their attacks on motorists."

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Aliyah also said the perpetrators have been throwing caution to the wind in the way they attack their passengers, as many are reported to have sustained so many injuries in cases where they attacked death.

He added: “Right now we have a total of 20 drivers, plying Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road, in various hospitals battling for their lives. Some have lost their legs or hands from gunshots apart from those killed by these criminals. We still have three drivers in the hands of the kidnappers.

“We call on both federal and state governments to come to our aid and rescue the situation because even today these criminals killed and kidnapped many people. They have also now resorted to burning down the vehicle they attacked.”

Nafiu Habib, the spokesman for the police in the state, however, said the command did not receive any reports regarding the attack.

Habib said: “From yesterday (Friday) and today (Saturday) we are yet to receive any official report of attack as regard to the activities of those bandits along Birnin Gwari road.

Whenever we received report of attack on any of the highways in Kaduna we quickly send reinforcement team to support the police manning the road.”

Passenger stranded at the Kawo Motor park in Kaduna. Photo credit: Daily Trust

Passenger stranded at the Kawo Motor park in Kaduna. Photo credit: Daily Trust
Source: UGC

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