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Terrorists Attack Kaduna LGA Twice In Two Days, Kidnap Over 26 People

The terrorists kidnapped more than 26 persons on Feb. 14 and 15 in Afogo, Kallah, and Idon villages, all under Kajuru LGA.

Terrorists have kidnapped over 26 persons in two days in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

On Tuesday Feb. 15, an attack took place in Idon village of Kajuru where 18 people were kidnapped, Dantuma Makama, a resident and immediate past Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) chairman of the LGA said. 

An earlier attack occurred on Monday Feb. 14, where 12 people were abducted in Kallah and an undisclosed number in Afogo.

“Last Thursday night a councilor was kidnapped in Rimau and his son and a village head killed,” Makama said. “They are still in captivity.”

He also told HumAngle that the local government has been under daily attacks and that his uncle who had been abducted since Nov. 2021 was released on Feb. 14, 2022. 

“Bandit attacks are threatening our peaceful co-existence because people are accusing either Muslims or Christians. We hope it doesn’t escalate and become a problem for us,” Makama added.

Aminu Aliyu, a youth leader and resident of Kasuwan Magani said since Friday, Feb. 11, “there has been only news of killings and kidnappings in Kajuru every day.”  

HumAngle contacted ASP Mohammed Jalige, Kaduna State’s Police Public Relations Officer, who said he would “find out” and get back to this reporter, but he was yet to do so as of the time this report was filed. 

Kajuru LGA is well-known for the violent ethno-religious conflict that has ravaged the area in 2019 and 2020. It is only recently that the people have experienced relative peace amongst themselves. 

Currently, the activities of terrorists is a major thorn in the flesh of Kajuru people as many terror attacks remain unreported. The abduction of the LGA’s Emir, family members, and aides in 2021 is one singular event that received major media attention. 


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Nathaniel Bivan

Nathaniel Bivan is Regional Editor Northwest/Central and Head of Solutions Journalism Desk at HumAngle. He tweets @nathanielbivan

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