Armed Violence

Terrorists Release Pregnant Woman, Children, Continue To Hold Others In Kaduna

A total of seven persons were abducted when terrorists attacked Gbagyi Villa, a community in Chikun LGA, Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria on Jan. 10, 2022.

Terrorists have released a woman and her children abducted in Gbagyi Villa, Chikun Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

The woman, Jessica Silas, and her children were kidnapped on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, alongside four others in the community, while her husband was shot dead.

Nicholas Abba, a resident and one of the local leaders who has lived in the community for about 10 years, said the woman and her children were released after a ransom was paid.

“They entered about three houses belonging to people who have made efforts to secure the community. They came in their numbers and were prepared to kidnap many people, if not for the efforts of our local vigilante,” he said.

Abba, who confirmed that Jessica paid a ransom, pointed out that the terrorists came into the community through porous areas such as pathways around a river close to Gbagyi Villa.

“We need the government to come to our aid and station the military in that area.”

HumAngle gathered that this is not the first time Gbagyi Villa has been attacked. The first attack was two years ago where a man was killed, Abba said, and another was in the first quarter of 2021 where two men and a woman were kidnapped.

Jessica is currently receiving treatment in a Kaduna hospital. As of the time this report was filed, the other victims, which include two children and a man, were still in captivity and the area where the three houses were attacked remains deserted.

Gbagyi Villa is not far from the Kaduna refinery and is a neighbour to Unguwan Gimbiya, Unguwan Gwari, and several other settlements in Chikun LGA that have been attacked by terrorists. 


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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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