Driver Shot Dead as Gunmen Stage Another Mass Abduction in Northern State

Driver Shot Dead as Gunmen Stage Another Mass Abduction in Northern State

- Bandits have continued to terrorise Northern Nigeria despite the efforts of the security agencies to stop the menace

- At least 13 passengers were abducted by the criminals and one driver killed on Tuesday, May 18, in Nasarawa state

- The traditional ruler in the affected area has called on the state government to collaborate with the FG to flush out the bandits

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Suspected kidnappers have reportedly abducted 13 passengers along Shafa-Abakpa -Umaisha road in Toto local government area of Nasarawa state.

Daily Trust reported that the kidnappers killed the driver of the vehicle identified as Adamu Usman.

Driver Shot Dead as Gunmen Stage Another Mass Abduction in Nasarawa
People wait next to their cars on the Abuja-Nasarawa road due to clashes between Nigerian soldiers and IMN members during a demonstration in 2018. Photo credit: SODIQ ADELAKUN/AFP
Source: Getty Images gathers that the deceased died while being treated at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, on Tuesday night, May 18.

Ibrahim Saidu, another driver, who narrowly escaped the attack, said the incident happened around 5pm.

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He said the kidnappers in their larger numbers emerged from the bush and attacked four vehicles coming from Ugya village.

According to Saidu, the vehicles were conveying passengers from Ugya to Abaji and Toto town when they were attacked.

Speaking on the incident, the Ohimegye of Opanda-Umaisha, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Usman Abdullahi, said bandits hiding in the forest along the axis have been terrorising travellers.

The traditional ruler appealed to the state government to collaborate with the federal government to flush the bandits out completely.

However, the Nasarawa state police command said it had not been briefed about the kidnap incident.

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In another similar development, gunmen have abducted a judge at a Sharia court in Bauren Zakat village in Safana local government area of Katsina state.

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Witnesses stated that the attackers broke into the court around 3 pm on Tuesday, May 18, and abducted the judge identified as Alhaji Husaini Sama’ila.

It is not clear why the judge was in court as the industrial action embarked upon by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria is still on.

In other news, Senator Anthony Adeniyi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to change his style in addressing the insecurity situation in the country.

Adeniyi made the comment in an exclusive interview published in the Daily Sun newspapers on Sunday, May 16.

Senator Adeniyi also lamented the insecurity situation on major highways, schools in northern Nigeria, and the southeast region of the country.


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