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Terrorists Kidnap 2 Political Party Chieftains, Other Commuters, On Zamfara Highway

The operation lasted for about eight hours on a federal highway in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria.

Terrorists have kidnapped Nasiru Yari and Bashar Lawal Anka, both All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains, among many other commuters on Friday, 1 April, 2022 on Anka-Zuru federal highway in Zamfara, Northwest Nigeria

Yari was, however, released a few hours later after a ransom payment of N1.2 million to his abductors, money Kasimu Anka explained Yari was carrying to Gusau for his business.

Kasimu, a relative to Yari who is APC chairman of Anka, Local Government Area (LGA), and Lawal, APC chairman of Magaji Ward of the LGA were together when the attack took place. Another person abducted was a resident Kasimu knows as Husaini Musa Barade.

The gang operated from about 7:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. WAT unhindered, HumAngle gathered. They blocked the road with over 500 rustled cattle, rams, hosts, and ewes at Dajin Daki Takwas, Anka (LGA) of the state. 

Kasimu pointed out that “the terrorists had been on the road for over eight hours at Tsamiyar Gezoji, blocking road users from passing by.”

The highway that links Anka to Gummi and Zuru Emirates of Kebbi State is one of the busiest routes for commuters, especially on Fridays. Local traders depend on it to attend Anka and Gummi weekly market days. 

Ibrahim Polo, 45, a commercial driver who regularly drives from Gummi to Gusau through Anka, lamented about how he took six passengers from Gummi to Gusau. 

“On reaching Anka, we saw over 100 fellow drivers parked at DakiTakwas village in an abrupt parking position. This is because the terrorists returned to the road to catch us,” he explained.

Another driver, Isiya, who drove from Nasarawa-Burkullu said he had no other option than to turn back with his passengers. 

More terror

On Thursday, March 31, 2022 a terror gang had attacked Masgo community, Nasarawa ward of Bakura LGA and killed one Alhaji DanAbu and over 12 residents.

A resident, Ummaru Bala Bakura told HumAngle many animals were rustled, houses ransacked, and valuables stolen in the area.

“There was no security agent present during the attack,” he added.

All efforts to reach Shehu Muhammad, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Zamfara State Police Command, proved abortive as he did not pick his calls.

On the same day, terrorists killed Mai-Arewar Wanu, the village head of Wanu, five persons in Rafin Gero, eight in Kadaddaba, and two in Babban Baye, all in Anka LGA, Shanwilu Muhammed, another resident of Anka hold HumAngle.

“The gang rustled large numbers of animals from Rafin Gero, Kadaddaba, Babban Baye, and Wanu villages,” he added.

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