8 ABU Students Abducted by Bandits along Kaduna-Abuja road
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Eight students of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, are said to be in captivity following Sunday’s attack on motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja road.
Many people were reportedly abducted during the incident during which two people were said to have been killed by the bandits.
Police sources said on Monday night that the Vice Chancellor of ABU, Prof. Kabiru Bala, reported the abduction of the students to the Zaria Area Command of the police.
It was gathered that the 300 students, from the Department of French, were traveling on Sunday to Lagos for a programme at the Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV), when the bandits struck.
“The Vice Chancellor of ABU, Zaria, reported to the Zaria Area Command that eight students of the French Department were kidnapped.
“The names of the students are: Okafor Chris, Ayuba Lois, John Elizabeth, Musa Precious, Asoji Faith, Badmus Jemimah, Emmanuel Simon and Aliyu Adamu” the source said.
It was gathered two of the students were among the 11 people who were also abducted but were said to have been rescued by security personnel on Sunday, This Day reported.
The source said efforts were being made to rescue the students.
Two persons were killed by suspected kidnappers on the Kaduna/Abuja highway at the weekend.
Five persons were kidnapped while troops carrying out internal security operations also rescued nine victims from the bandits.
A statement by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, said the state received operational feedback from the Defence Headquarters’ Operation Thunder Strike (OPTS) following Sunday’s incident.
The statement reads: “Troops of the Operation Thunder Strike, on a routine patrol at the Akilubu-Gidan Busa axis of the Kaduna-Abuja road, received a distress call about 4pm that bandits had blocked the main highway.
“The bandits opened fire on a bus, forcing the driver to halt. On getting to the location, the bandits had already kidnapped nine persons from an 18-seater bus (Kaduna: MKA-151).
“The troops immediately mobilised and engaged the bandits in a gun duel; the nine persons were rescued. But the driver and a passenger died. The state sends its condolences to their families and pray God to grant them eternal rest…”
“The Governor has directed the Commissioner of Police and Director of the Department of State Services to team up with the military forces on the ground to ensure diligent investigations.
“Security agencies have also reported attacks in Giwa LGA where armed bandits attacked Fatika, Kaya and Yakawada villages. Two persons were killed and some kidnapped.
“In another development, security agencies have updated the Kaduna State Government with information regarding Monday’s attack at Albasu village of Igabi local government.
“The update identified the eleven persons killed as: Amadu Mallam, Idi Gefefe, Isah Goma, Awwalu Goma, Babangida Iliyasu, Lado Iliyasu, Ya’u Jumare, Hamza Umaru, Shehu Jibril, Tukur Albasu and Musa Adamu Muruzuwa
“The following victims sustained injuries: Muazu Albasu, Samaila Chairman, Junaidu Husaini and a yet to be identified woman earlier thought to have been killed.
“Similarly, the security agencies have identified the local killed by bandits on Sunday after they kidnapped two persons at Maraban Kajuru in Kajuru local government area. The victim has been identified as Mr. Albarka Addu’a, a former village head of Kyemara Gari.
“The Kaduna State Government will continue to give security updates to the citizenry, as it continues to work assiduously with security agencies on the protection of life and property across the state.
“Citizens are enjoined to contact the government with relevant information on the following numbers and e-mail address: 09034000060, 08170189999. Internal.Security@kdsg.gov.ng,” Aruwan said.