Kaduna State is fast becoming the epicenter of kidnapping and banditry in the country as one was killed and 33 others kidnapped by bandits in a kidnapping incident that occurred last night within Kachia metropolis.
District Head of Kachia ward, Idris Suleiman who confirmed the incident said that at about 9pm on Wednesday, a large number of bandits invaded the community and began to shoot sporadically in order to cause fear and that everyone scampered for safety in the ensuing bedlam. Many were injured in the process. Idris Suleiman said all this while briefing a team of security operatives led by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
The District Head recalled that the bandits had initially attacked a bakery in the community where they killed the personal driver of the bakery owner while kidnapping five persons.
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Mr Suleiman further reported that following the bakery incident, the bandits moved on to another area called Mother Cat where they also kidnapped 28 persons including a pregnant woman. This took the number of kidnapped persons to 33.
The reader may recall that Kaduna has literally come under the siege of kidnappers in recent times. There have been repeated attacks targeted at educational institutions in the State. On April 20, just over a month ago, armed men had kidnapped about 20 students and three non-academic members of staff from Greenfield University, Kaduna State. They had murdered one person in cold blood during the raid and days after the kidnapping, they killed five of the victims they had kidnapped just to send a strong message to the Government and parents of the unfortunate students.
It should also be recalled that on March 11th, 2021, suspected bandits had kidnapped 39 students from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.
However, in a more recent attack that took place a few days ago, the village head of Dogon Daji community in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Mallam Anja, was shot dead by bandits. In what appeared to be a clear case of assassination, the marauders raided the residence of the village head and shot him at close range, after which he died on the spot.
Sadly, some analysts are at loss as to the real cause of this surge in the cases of kidnappings in Kaduna State. However, it seems almost certain that some warped elements in society are taking to banditry as a “lucrative business”. This should not be allowed to fester.