Victim Slain in Kaduna 2 Weeks after Bandits Abducted Him

Charles Nwoke, Kaduna, Nigeria
December 7, 2020

Sani Khalil, a bandit kidnap victim, has been murdered, two weeks after he was abducted from the Rigasa area of Kaduna State, just as troops foiled another attack in Kasuwan Magani.

Khalil had been in the kidnappers’ custody since November 20, when he was abducted along with his friends while they were on their way back from a journey.

Samuel Aruwan, the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, confirmed the incident in a statement issued on Saturday. He revealed that the victim was kidnapped along the Rigasa Link Road in Igabi Local Government Area of the State.

Sani Khalil, Rabiu Auwal, and Umar Elkhaddab, his 2 (two) friends, were at the same time abducted by bandits in Rigasa. Auwal died of the injuries he sustained from gunshots, while Elkhaddab managed to escape from being kidnapped by the bandits. The survivor, however, sustained severe injuries in the process and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Samuel Aruwan, the commissioner also revealed that security operatives on Friday night frustrated an attack by armed bandits in Kasuwan Magani community, Kajuru local government area of the state.

The bandits in large numbers were said to have ambushed the community and went straight to the residence of Ahmadu Suleiman, the leader of Fulani Ardos in the state. The bandits shot at Suleiman shortly after he observed the 8:00 pm Ishai Muslim prayer at a mosque close to his house, but he survived the attack by the mercy of God.

The Commissioner explained that the hoodlums tried to assassinate some Fulani community leaders, shooting sporadically, and eventually ran away when security agents swiftly responded to distress calls.

“While fleeing the area, the bandits shot one Alhaji Ahmadu Suleiman, a Fulani leader. He survived with bullet wounds and was rushed to an undisclosed hospital in Kaduna. The situation caused pandemonium in the community, triggering fake stories across social media of ethno-religious crisis in the area.”

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