Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
January 5, 2021
Unscrupulous elements suspected to be armed bandits, on Sunday, slaughtered no fewer than nine travelers, including infants, in Zankoro village along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna Highway.
In the same attack, a total of 11 persons were abducted by the criminals on the same day at Dan Kungi village in the Birnin Gwari Local Government Council of Kaduna State.
This was contained in a statement issued on Monday by Mr. Salisu Haruna, the Birnin-Gwari Progressives Union Chairman.
In the statement titled, ‘Alarming rise of banditry and killings in Birnin Gwari general area,’ Mr. Salisu said that more than 40 persons were kidnapped by the hooligans between December 20, 2020, and January 4, 2021, adding that “some of them (abductees), have been reported terribly ill.”
“The New Year 2021 has begun in sorrow and tears for the people of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
“On Sunday, January 3, 2021, bandits laid siege on innocent travelers at Zankoro, along dreaded Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway, killing nine people (including three infants) that are on their way for a ceremony at Doka, Birnin-Gwari LGA.
“Similarly, the bandits came out today, Monday, January 4, 2021, at the same Zankoro around 9 am, shooting indiscriminately and abducting an unspecified number of people and wounding six others that are now receiving treatment at Buruku.
“In the last two weeks, bandits terrorizing the people of Birnin Gwari, especially those traveling along Birnin Gwari-Funtua and Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highways have become intensely aggressive as they continue to kill and abduct innocent citizens unabated.
“There are more than 40 abductees currently at the mercy of the bandits who were kidnapped between December 20, 2020, and Monday, January 4, 2021; some of them have been reported terribly ill.
“A total of nine innocent travelers were killed at Zankoro along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday, January 3, 2021. A total of 11 people were kidnapped at Dan Kungi village on Sunday, January 3, 2021.
“BEPU, therefore, calls on the government to deploy immediate response squad to mount offensive operations along Birnin Gwari, Kaduna, and Birnin Gwari-Funtua highways,” the statement reads.
However, series of calls put across to the Kaduna State Command Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, proved abortive as he did not pick the calls, neither did he reply to a text message sent to him.