Over 120 people have been kidnapped in a space of 5 days along the Birnin Gwari- Kaduna road.
This was revealed by Surajo Usman, a member of Nigeria’s National Union of Road Transport Workers, who escaped an abduction himself.
“Over 120 people were kidnapped between Friday and today, Tuesday along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road,”
Birnin Gwari, in the northern state of Kaduna, is infamous for its lawlessness, and thick forests provide bandits with hideouts from security forces. Earlier this month, at least 45 people died in an attack on a village in the region.”, He said.
Amother victim, Yahaya Hussaini, who works for a civil society group, said his organisation’s motorcade was waylaid.
“On Sunday, in our entourage alone four vehicles were blocked by the kidnappers in military fatigue,” he said, adding that eight of them carried assault rifles.”
“They kidnapped about 48 people,” said Hussaini. “Many of those vehicles attacked are still left on the road and the luggage of victims still litters it.”
Ibrahim Aliyu’s daughter was one of those abducted by kidnappers who want a ransom.
“They have contacted me with a 5 million naira ransom demand,” he said. “Where do I get that kind of money that I have never seen in my life?”