- The current trend is kidnapping, and it seems to be very profitable for bandits tagged as terrorists in Nigeria
- This time they have struck again and have succeeded in attacking the household of the convener, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi and other villagers
- In a recent operation, they kidnapped Professor Abdullahi's daughter-in-law and four other children in Kaduna state
Again, bandits have attacked the Yakawada village in Giwa local government area of Kaduna state.
Leadership reports that they abducted the daughter-in-law of the convener, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), Professor Ango Abdullahi and other villagers.
This came barely one month after Sadiq, one of the sons of Abdullahi who was kidnapped among the train passengers on March 28, 2022, was released after spending several weeks with other victims in the kidnappers’ den.
It was gathered that the bandits who stormed the village in large numbers on motorcycles on Tuesday night, August 9, attacked the residence of the village head, Alhaji Rilwanu Saidu.
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A resident confirmed to journalists that the bandits abducted some members of the village head’s family and also whisked away some of his neighbours.
The source also said the bandits killed one patrol guard, Aminu Lawal, during the attack.
Prof. Abdullahi reacts
While confirming the abduction of his daughter-in-law to journalists in Zaria on Wednesday, August 10, Prof. Abdullahi said four of the victim’s children were also abducted.
According to him:
“My daughter-in-law, Ramatu Samaila, was among the abductees including her four children. She is the wife of my son who is the village head of Yakawada.”
Meanwhile, when contacted, Kaduna State police command’s public officer, DSP Muhammad Jalige, said he was yet to be briefed of the attack.
Sheikh Gumi says he will no longer mediate for bandits, gives reason
Meanwhile, Gumi had said he has stopped mediating for armed bandits following their declaration as terrorists by the court.
Gumi said this in an exclusive interview in Kaduna on Wednesday, December 8.
With the declaration of the bandits as terrorists, Gumi said it will be dangerous for him to continue to engage the bandits.
Terrorists release another 5 Kaduna-bound train passengers, 35 still in hostage
The attackers of the Abuja-Kaduna train bound released another 5 victims of the kidnapped passengers on Tuesday, August 2.
The 5 victims are Mustapha Umar Imam (Professor), Akibu Lawal, Abubakar Ahmed Rufai, Mukthar Shu’aibu and Sidi Aminu Sharif.
In another report by the Nigerian Tribune, the newly released 5 victims brought the number of those released to 37, while 35 others still remain in captivity.