- The Kaduna-Abuja expressway seems to be the deadliest in the country
- Every other week, tales of people being kidnapped on the expressway are reported in the media
- Another incident occurred this past weekend, with many Nigerians questioning the role of security agencies in protecting citizens
A report by Daily Trust indicates that at least 15 people were killed on Sunday, November 15 and many others abducted when kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja expressway around 5 pm.
According to the report, the incident happened around Gidan Busa, a village not far away from Rijana, which is 133 kilometers from Abuja.
It was gathered that nearly 20 vehicles were forced to stop at the bushy and sloppy location when the gunmen laid siege.
Eyewitnesses quoted in the report say apart from the over 15 people reportedly killed by the gunmen, many others including women and children were kidnapped and taken to the bush.
Witnesses said the kidnappers armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the highway and opened fire on unsuspecting travellers who were heading to Abuja from the Kaduna axis.
The attackers were said to have blocked the traffic after firing shots at speeding vehicles, which forced them to stop. It was learnt that some people who attempted to flee were shot.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the incident on social media.
Samson Dike wrote on Twitter:
“How long will this continue in Nigeria, do we really have a government that cares about the people of Nigeria, do we really have a governor in Kaduna that cares about the people of Kaduna? Northerners please wake up from your sleep enough is enough.”
Hafsat Abdullahi wrote:
“The army said they bombarded the bandits' hideouts in Kaduna just two days ago, how many battalions do bandits have in Kaduna?
“May Almighty God finish anybody who has hand in this evil act.”
Muhsin Ibrahim wrote:
“A serious government will be restless by this news. A serious government will do everything to end this madness. A serious government will punish and or fire those responsible for securing the road. Our government will do nothing!”
Meanwhile, some unknown gunmen have kidnapped a lecturer, two children and shot one person after invading the staff quarters of Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic in Zaria on Saturday, November 14.
The incident which has been confirmed by the police command in Kaduna state reportedly happened around 10 pm.
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