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Gunmen kill one, abduct school headteacher, five others in Kaduna village attack

EMERGENCY DIGEST – Suspected bandits have abducted five persons, including a school headteacher and killed one person in two separate attacks on villages in Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was gathered that the bandits attacked Doka Village along Funtua Road on Wednesday afternoon, killing one person (a fuel station attendant) on the spot while injuring two others and abducted two persons.

As of the time of filing this report, the police in Kaduna had yet to confirm the latest attacks the but Chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguards, Ibrahim Nagwari stated this on Thursday.

He said the headteacher, Dangamji Primary School, AbdulHafiz Abdullahi was abducted by the gunmen.

According to him, the bandits also wounded three members of a local vigilante group, kidnapping many travellers from their vehicles in another attack around Polwaya and Gayam villages around 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

He said the strategic Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road has been deserted as a result of the activities of bandits while the entire eastern part of Birnin-Gwari bordering with Zamfara and Katsina States was taken over by bandits who attacked villages at will.

The LG chairman said, “Bandits have abducted, the headteacher of Dangamji, Primary School, AbdulHafiz Abdullahi and two others at Doka filling station, while two others were shot and seriously wounded.

“Earlier on Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m., heavily armed bandits opened fire on vehicles around Polwaya and abducted a bread vendor, about ten kilometres from Birnin-Gwari. Similarly, the armed bandits struck again on Wednesday near Gayam village, wounded three vigilante group members and abducted people from vehicles.

“The notorious Unguwar Yako, Kwanan Mahaukaciya and indeed entire Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway have been overtaken by bandits terrorising and abducting innocent people especially women and children.

“In the last three weeks, armed bandits have launched a major onslaught against innocent civilians and motorists across the length and breadth of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

“On a daily basis, the armed bandits carry out their nefarious act along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway in broad daylight without any challenge from the security personnel that are stationed in Birnin-Gwari. The strategic Birnin-Gwari-Funtua road has been deserted, while the entire eastern part of Birnin-Gwari neighbouring Zamfara and Katsina States is now surrounded by armed bandits.

“It is apparent to state categorically, that, Birnin-Gwari is once again under siege by bandits and security personnel and state officials are paying lip service to our plight of general insecurity of lives and property.

“While we appreciate previous efforts by the security personnel against armed banditry in Birnin-Gwari, we hope the government of Malam Nasiru El- Rufa’i, will not treat our people as prodigal sons.

“With the current tension, fear and inability of peasant farmers to go to their respective farms because of activities of bandits, we strongly call on the Federal government, Kaduna State government and the security agents to act decisively against the bandits and their collaborators before we are consumed by the bandits. Enough is enough.”

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