- Armed bandits have now moved to the popular Kaduna-Kachia road killing and kidnapping commuters
- The bandits have abandoned the ever-busy Kaduna-Abuja expressway after it was secured by the military
- The Kaduna-Kachia road is now under siege by the armed bandits almost on a daily basis
Bandits have killed eight persons in separate incidents in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas of Kaduna state.
This was revealed in a statement seen by Legit.ng on Tuesday, April 6, and signed by the Kaduna state commissioner for internal security and homeland affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
According to the statement, the bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in Kajuru local government area and opened fire on a bus and a truck carrying firewood, killing five people.
He said three persons were also injured in the attack and are currently receiving treatment in a hospital.
According to him, the bandits also barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road at the Doka axis of Kajuru local government and shot at a truck, killing the driver.
He said in another attack in Kachia local government, bandits invaded a herders settlement in Inlowo village, and killed one Ibrahim Haruna, before carting away 180 cows.
He further explained that at Akilbu village in Kachia local government area, bandits shot at a vehicle, injuring two persons.
Meanwhile, Daily Trust reports that since security agents intensified operations along the Kaduna-Abuja highway in January, bandits had relocated to the Kaduna-Kachia road with frequent attacks on motorists and commuters.
To combat the frequent attacks, the Kaduna state commissioner of police, Umar Muri has directed additional deployment from Mopol 62, Mopol 1, and Operation Puff Adder to intensify patrol along the road.
The Nation spoke to a source who claimed that on that same road, a bus conveying Anglican Church members was abandoned with its occupants forced into the forest recently.
According to the source, those that got killed were in a truck carrying firewood while the kidnapped persons included 19 occupants of an Anglican Church bus and six others from a Gulf-4 saloon car.
“A bus carrying church women, 19 of them and Golf-4 car with six persons were kidnapped. But those killed were in a truck loaded with firewood.”
On his part, Senator Shehu Sani has revealed that some of the nine people reportedly killed by bandits along Kaduna-Kachia road on Sunday, April 5 have been buried at the Tudun Wada cemetery.
In a related development, a catholic priest was recently kidnapped by armed bandits in Kaduna state.
The spokesman of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Reverend Father Stephen Onyema revealed that the Reverend Father, Anthony Dawah was abducted alongside two of his parishioners by the terrorists.
Recall that Rev. Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, Nigeria was killed by gunmen suspected to be bandits after he was abducted in the north-central state in January 2021.
Another Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Ugochukwu Ugwoke, made the announcement on Saturday, January 16 via Twitter.