Showing posts with label Bandits. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bandits. Show all posts

Bandits kidnap travellers on Abuja-Kaduna road

Bandits laid an ambush on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna road on Sunday, abducting an unknown number of travellers.

Those who escaped said the gunmen blocked the road at Katari village at about 2 pm, operating for more than an hour.

One of them told PRNigeria that they had to turn back due to the repeated sounds of gunshots.

The citizen recalled that drivers had to park some kilometres away from the scene.

They resumed their journey after vehicular movement resumed on the other side of the highway.

“Many travellers must have been kidnapped or escaped into the bush.

“We saw at least fifteen cars parked and empty when we passed the scene of the attack,” he disclosed.

Police spokesman, Mohammed Jalige was unreachable when DAILY POST called his line on Sunday night.

Katari has witnessed several attacks and kidnapping incidents in recent months.

In September, Emir Hassan Atto of Bungudu in Zamfara was taken away; a police officer attached to him was killed.

The monarch, a former Secretary to Zamfara Government, was freed after one month in captivity. Dailypost


Bandits kidnap Rivers woman, leave other car occupants

Gunmen have kidnapped a woman identified simply as Mrs Anthonia around Nkpolu Junction in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the gunmen, on Wednesday, stopped the victim, dragged her out of the car and whisked her away to an unknown destination.

The incident, which happened around 7pm, resulted in panic, as commuters took alternative routes following gunshots fired into the air.

The abductors reportedly picked their target and abandoned her vehicle along with the two other occupants of the car.

An eyewitness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the gunmen used their vehicle to block the road temporarily on sighting their target.

“The woman was driving when they shot at her car tires. They forced the woman into their own car and drove off.

“The husband of the victim, who was contacted, later arrived at the scene,” the source said.

The spokesman for the state police command, Nnamdi Omoni, said he had yet to get a report of the incident.

“I will find out from the Nkpolu Divisional Police Officer and get back to you,” Omoni added.

He had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report. Punchng 


Bandits kill over 35, burn family alive in Plateau

No fewer than 35 persons have been reportedly killed in Yelwa Zangam community, Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State.

DAILY POST gathered that armed bandits attacked the community in the early hours of Wednesday.

The attackers had reportedly disabled the bridge leading to the community preventing any access to help before launching their assault.

It was also learnt that an entire family was burnt alive in their home.

The attack is coming barely 24 hours after President Muhammadu Buhari pledged support for victims of violent clashes in Plateau State.

When contacted, the Plateau State Police Command, Ubah Ogaba confirmed the incident and promised to give details later.

He told DAILY POST that, ”there was an incident at Yelwa but I have not received full details yet.” Dailypost 


Bandits demand over N100m to free thirteen Niger residents

Bandits, who attacked Kwakwashi community in Niger State, killed one and abducted 13 persons, have made contact with the families of the abducted person

Punch had reported that the bandits numbering about 30 arrived in the community around midnight last Thursday and shot indiscriminately into the air while the operation lasted.

Speaking with our correspondent on the telephone on Sunday, a community leader, Aliu Muhammed, said the victims’ families were contacted on Saturday, adding that the ransom varied.

Muhammed put the total of the ransom being demand at over N100m.

He said, “They have called all the families of the people who were kidnapped and asked for ransom.

“One was asked to pay N50m; a Civil Defence Officer was told to pay N17m, two were asked to pay N10m each. I cannot remember the entire amount for each family but the N10m is the least and N50m is the highest.

“The total ransom request is over N100m. The victims’ families have been looking for ways to raise the money after the bandits insisted on the amounts given to each family. We hope they reduce the ransom when next they call.” Punch
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