Eight students of the Ahmadu Bello University ABU in Zaria, Kaduna state, have been kidnapped by armed bandits along the Abuja-Kaduna road.
A statement released by the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, says the students were abducted by the armed bandits on Sunday, November 15. He said efforts are being made to secure the safe release of the students.
Aruwan added that armed bandits attacked residents of Albasu village of Igabi earlier today while acknowledging another attack in Maraban Kajuru in Kaduna central senatorial district.
Read the statement below
”The Kaduna State Government has stated that the security operatives are presently pursuing bandits in some locations in Igabi and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
The development follows today’s bandit attack at Albasu village of Igabi and Sunday night attack at Maraban Kajuru in the two councils.
Security agencies have notified the government that they are pursuing bandits in the area, and will provide further updates.
On Monday armed bandits attacked Albasu village located south wards of Malum forest in Sabon Birni general area and subsequently killed some locals, while on Sunday night at Maraban Kajuru, armed bandits kidnapped two persons and killed one person while escaping into a nearby forest.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent condolences to the families and prayed for the repose of their souls.
The Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Professor Kabir Bala has informed the government that eight students of the institution were among those kidnapped on Sunday afternoon on the Kaduna-Abuja Road.
Similarly, troops on patrol around Chikun and Kajuru LGAs boundaries found a corpse of an armed bandit who died of gun wounds.
An AK/47 rifle and other valuables were found beside the decayed corpse.”