Barely 24 hours after Police Inspector General Usman Alkali Baba visited the highway, bandits raided and kidnapped 22 villagers in Unguwar Maji, Jere village, along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

Sharing a border with Tafa/Sabon-Wuse, in the state of Niger, Jere is located on the always busy Abuja-Kaduna highway

According to an eyewitness account submitted by a resident of the district, Shehu Bala, who confirmed the latest kidnapping yesterday, the incident happened around 11 p.m. on Sunday. He described that the bandits came in large numbers and wielded AK-47 rifles, raided some houses and took 22 people away, including five women.

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“The bandits came in great numbers, some wearing army uniforms. “They went from house to house and woke up their victims before marching them into the bush at gunpoint,” he said.

Shehu Bala said the bandits operated silently in the community for over an hour, adding that they only started firing sporadically to scare people into coming after them after they left the community. However, he said one of the 22 kidnapped victims escaped his captors while being led into the bush.

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Kaduna Police spokesman ASP Mohammed Jalige was not available by phone to confirm the latest kidnapping at the time of submitting this report.


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