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Terrorists Kidnap 2 Families In Kaduna As Police Attempt To Foil Attack

The kidnappers visited Unguwan Bulus and Oil Village in Sabon Tasha area of Chikun LGA, Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria on Dec. 9, and 11. 2021 where a total of eight persons were abducted from two different homes.

Terrorists, locally called bandits, have abducted a father, mother, and daughter in Unguwan Bulus in Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

The terrorists, who appeared to have operated on a tip-off onThursday night of Dec. 9, are yet to contact the family members of Caleb Lekwot as of the time this report was filed.

Their teenage son who hid while the attack was carried out said “they were young boys. They broke the windows, and after the door was opened said they wanted money. My father gave them the little money he had but they refused to collect it.”

His elder brother, Caleb Godwin, who was away  at the time of the attack, added that the terrorists were about 20 in number and entered only their house. 

“They told our father to carry his phone and ATM card,” he said, adding that they shot in the air as they left.

Unguwan Bulus is a neighbouring settlement to Unguwan Gimbiya where two men were killed and over 50 residents abducted on Dec. 3, 2021.  

In a related development, residents of Unguwan Gimbiya and Bulus told HumAngle they heard gunshots on Friday night which they suspected to have come from Oil Village, a settlement close to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). “It was like it was in my house,” Matthew, a Gimbiya resident said. “We didn’t sleep for most of the night.”

A view of the house attacked by terrorists in Unguwan Bulus, Sabon Tasha. Photo credit: Nathaniel Bivan/HumAngle

In a statement signed by Mohammed Jalige, Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), the State Command confirmed that a woman and her four children were abducted at Oil Village also in Sabon Tasha, Chikun LGA on Dec. 11.

“The Kaduna Police Command through Divisional Police Officer Sabon Tasha Division Kaduna acted on a distress call received from a good Samaritan to the fact that some suspected armed bandits numbering about thirty (30) with some in military gears and bearing dangerous weapons, were making ferocious effort to break into a residential area at Sabo GRA in Chikun LGA of the State in an attempt to commit heinous crime,” it read.

The statement also said that “unfortunately, it was discovered that the bandits operated simultaneously with one at Oil Village in the same Sabo location where they kidnapped a woman and her four (4) children to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, investigation into the two incidents has since commenced while effort is ongoing to facilitate safe rescue of the victims of the other sad incident.

“The Command is deeply saddened by the setback but is doing everything possible to restore normalcy within the public space in line with the directive of the Inspector General of Police IGP Baba Usman Alkali. Thus, the members of the public are urged to promptly report suspicious situations and incidents as that will elicit a quick positive response from the Command.”

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