- Some travellers were killed while others were kidnapped when suspected bandits attacked vehicles along the Birnin-Gwari - Kaduna highway
- The daring bandits reportedly carried out the attacks on Saturday evening, March 14, and on Sunday evening, March 15
- During the Saturday incident, the bandits were said to have kidnapped some students who were on their way back from Kaduna after writing UTME
Some people travelling on the Birnin-Gwari - Kaduna highway over the weekend have been reportedly kidnapped by suspected bandits.
Premium Times reports that the daring bandits carried out the attacks on Saturday evening, March 15, and on Sunday evening, March 15.
During the Saturday incident, the bandits were said to have kidnapped some students who were on their way back to Birnin-Gwari from Kaduna after writing the university matriculation examination (UTME).
A witness said an individual, Ibrahim Idris, who boarded the same vehicle with the students was killed by the bandits.
The late Idris was the driver of a former House of Representatives member, Adamu Shekarau.
Idris’s relative, Abubakar Garba, who confirmed the incident to Premium Times via telephone, said the bandits returned to the highway on Sunday evening at about 4pm and killed three other persons. He said an unconfirmed number of people were also kidnapped in the second attack.
But when contacted, Mohammed Jalige, the Kaduna state police spokesperson only confirmed the Saturday attack. He stated that the police was still trying to get the accurate figures of those kidnapped.
Meanwhile, the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has asked its staff to stay off the road leading to Kaduna International Airport at odd hours due to the current state of insecurity on the route.
It said the airport road has become unsafe owing to the activities of gunmen constantly attacking motorists.
The situation is the same for the road leading to Kaduna town from the train station at Rigasa.
In an internal memo dated Monday, March 2 seen by The Cable, FAAN asked its staff not to ply the route either very early morning or late at night.
The memo was signed by Dali D. J., an assistant manager in the organisation. It said that a staff member of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and other commuters were recently attacked on the route.
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