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Kidnappers Return to Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Abduct Former Emir Sanusi’s Relative

Kidnappers have reportedly returned to Abuja-Kaduna Highway, the gateway to Nigeria’s seat of power and Northwestern state of Kaduna.

Motorists who experienced a recent attack by the kidnappers said the criminals operate between 5 am and 7 am and 7 pm and 9 pm on a daily basis and operate on motorbikes.

One of the drivers told HumAngle that the kidnappers on Thursday, November 5, shot one of them and killed him while trying to escape at about 6 pm.

“They came riding about 50 motorcycles and blocked the road,” said the driver who did not give his name.

“He was trying to escape when they fired at him and his passengers were abducted.”

Drivers revealed that criminals now operate anytime through collaborators, who disguise as commercial drivers.

“Such drivers don’t pick passengers from the garage, but along the road, and once they get to the outskirts, they will pretend that the vehicle has developed a problem.

“After a while, the kidnappers will emerge from the bush and take the passengers to an unknown destination,” they told Daily Trust.

Meanwhile, Aminu Musa Abdullahi, a nephew to Muhammadu Sanusi II, the former Emir of Kano, has been abducted along Abuja-Kaduna Highway while on transit to Kano.

A source close to the family of the emir confirmed to the Daily Trust that Abdullahi, also known as Yaya Baba, was abducted by suspected kidnappers last week.

He added that the kidnappers had contacted and demanded ransom from the family but later lost touch with them.

“The family has sourced the requested amount and when the person assigned to deliver the money to the kidnappers set out to meet them, he lost contact with them completely. Till this moment, they have not communicated to the family,” the source told Daily Trust.

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