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Armed Group Abducts 21 In Kaduna But Govt Claims Only Two Were Abducted

An armed group on Friday abducted about 21 commuters between Kurmin-Idon and Doka, along Kaduna-Kachia road, Kajuru Local Government Area, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, HumAngle was informed.

A reliable source told Humangle that the abductees, traveling from Kaduna to Kachia in two commuter vehicles, ran into the armed group at about 7 pm.

While the source gave the number of abductees as 21, and still in captivity, the state government said only two persons were abducted.

The source, a Kaduna State civil servant who did not want to be named because he is not authorised to speak to the press on the matter, said the axis used to be an armed groupsā€™ enclave.

He would not say more.

Samuel Aruwan, the State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, in a Facebook post, gave the number of the abductees as two, saying that the police had already rescued them.

“The police gave the bandits a hot chase and rescued the two victims, while one other victim was able to escape on his own,ā€ Aruwan said.

Kaduna has become a hotbed for kidnappers where residents and travelers are kidnapped almost on a daily basis.

In Dec. 2020, a Christian cleric, Emmanuel Egon Bako, and his wife, Cindy Bako, were abducted by unknown gunmen in Jemaā€™a Local Government Area of the state.

The gunmen attacked the Albarka praying camp along the Afana-Fadan Kagoma-Kwoi road in the Local Government and seized the cleric and his wife.

Earlier in Nov. the troops of Operation Thunder Strike (OTS) rescued nine persons kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna highway.

The kidnappers had blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway at about 4 pm, shot sporadically and abducted nine passengers from a commercial bus.

Samuel Aruwa, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, however, said in a statement that the OTS on routine patrol along Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna-Abuja road received a distress call indicating that terrorists had stormed the highway.

The troops, Aruwan said, overpowered the terrorists after a firefight engagement and rescued the victims, adding, ā€œRegrettably, the driver and a passenger seated close to him lost their lives.ā€

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