Protesters Block Abuja-Kaduna Highway, Demand End To Kidnapping, Banditry

 

Residents of Gauraka community in Tafa Local Government Area of Niger State have blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway to protest the incessant cases of kidnapping in the community.

The protesters burnt tyres and halted vehicular movement on the highway.

They demanded that the state and Federal Government boost security in the area and end the incessant attacks.

This comes after kidnappers stormed the area on Saturday and Sunday kidnapping at least fifteen persons from the community and killing three others.

Residents of Gauraka community burn tyres on Kaduna-Abuja highway in protest against kidnapping. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television

 

There have been speculations about Boko Haram terrorists infiltrating Gauraka community after Governor Abubakar Bello announced that terrorists have hoisted their flags in some communities in Niger State in April.

Gauraka community is about five kilometres away from Nigeria’s seat of power, Abuja.

Residents lament that they have long lost sleep due to the activities of kidnappers who have continued to terrorise the community.

They explained that more than thirty people have been abducted from January to date.

Niger State has come under serious banditry attacks which have left hundreds of people killed, including security personnel, and more than fifteen thousand people displaced who are now taking shelter in temporary camps provided by the state government.

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Residents Block Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Protest Incessant Abductions

 

Residents angered by incessant abductions and bandit attacks have blocked the Gonin Gora end of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway in Chikun Local Government area of Kaduna State in protest.

The protest follows the recent abduction of four people in Ungwan Auta in Gonin Gora by bandits on Saturday night.

The protesters, in their numbers, barricaded the busy road with stones and wood, insisting that nobody will pass until the state Governor Nasir El-Rufai addresses them.

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They also prevented the convoy of a top military officer from passing through the road.

Gonin Gora, like some other communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State have been experiencing incessant attacks and kidnappings by bandits, a situation which many of the residents described as worrisome.

Residents block Gonin Gora end of the Abuja-Kaduna Highway in protest against incessant abductions on Saturday, April 1, 2021.

 

Kaduna State government on Friday said a total number of 323 people were killed by bandits in Kaduna State between January and March 2021.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who presented the figures during the state security report meeting explained that of the 323 people killed by bandits during the period under review, 292 were males and 20 were females.

He added that a total of 949 people were kidnapped by bandits during the period, while Kaduna Central senatorial district accounted for 236 deaths within Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Igabi, and Kajuru Local Government Areas.

Soldiers Kill Bandit, Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Kaduna

A photo combination of troops destroying the bandits’ hideout and the rescued victims.

 

Troops of Operation Thunder Strike of the Nigerian Army on Friday killed one suspected bandit along the Abuja- Kaduna Highway during an operation.

The troop during the operation also rescued three villagers who were abducted from their farms on Wednesday in Maro village along the expressway.

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The Deputy Director Army Public Relations of One Division Nigerian Army in Kaduna State, Colonel Ezindu Idimah said in a statement, that the troops acting on credible information, raided the hideout of the kidnappers inside the bush where they held the farmers and engaged them in a gun battle.

He explained that one of the bandits was killed during the exchange of fire while other members of the gang escaped with gunshot wounds, leaving behind their victims.

The rescued farmers have been reunited with their families while One AK 47 rifle with two 7.62 special ammunition were recovered from the bandits.

Police Arrest 40 More Suspected Kidnappers Along Abuja-Kaduna Highway

The anti-kidnapping Special forces of the Nigerian Police have arrested 40 persons for their alleged involvement in the abduction of motorists and travellers along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.

The police attribute the arrest of the suspects to the launch of ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

The arrest comes barely three days after 32 persons were apprehended for kidnapping in the same area.

Several AK-47 rifles, charms, ammunitions as well as stolen items were recovered from the suspects who the police say belong to different kidnap gangs.

Parading the suspects before journalists at Rijjanna village in Kaduna State on Thursday, the Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood said the suspects were arrested during a gun battle with policemen While some of the kidnapped victims were rescued from their hideouts inside the bush.

He explained that the successes recorded by the team had reduced kidnapping and other criminal activities on the highway, adding that the police will not relent in their assignment until all the bandits are flushed out from their hideout and the highway is safe again.

Moshood said the suspects have made confessional statements, revealing the various roles they played in committing the crime.

Members of the community were full of praise for the police for the operation. They, however, urged the police to sustain the tempo.

Abuja-Kaduna Highway: Police Parade 31 Suspected Kidnappers

Abuja-Kaduna Highway: Police Parade 31 Suspected Kidnappers
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The Nigeria Police Force says it has arrested 31 persons suspected to be involved in armed robbery and kidnapping for ransom along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The suspects were paraded by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Jimoh Moshood, at the Katari Police Station located on the outskirts of Kaduna State.

Mr Moshood told reporters that the suspects, made up of five different groups of one cartel, were apprehended at various locations in Kaduna State with a cache of arms.

A youth leader in Katari, Mr Joshua Jooji, who applauded the efforts of the police in apprehending the suspects, said their activities in the area had prevented farmers from going to their farms due to fear of being kidnapped.

The arrest comes almost a week after the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, deployed a Joint Police Team with a mandate to wipe out kidnappers on the highway.

The Force spokesman had hinted that the team deployed in Rijanah, Kaduna State comprised the Special Police Force, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Units, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, the Force Intelligence Branch, and the Police Mobile Force with Headquarters.

He noted earlier that the police personnel would be proactive and also work on actionable intelligence at their disposal to carry out massive deployment.

Mr Moshood assured travellers that the team would ensure 24 hours surveillance, patrol and continuous raids of identified and other suspected hideouts of kidnappers along the highway.

Crime: Police Commence New Operations On Abuja-Kaduna Highway

Police, Kidnappers, Igbodu, Epe, LagosThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has deployed a Joint Police Team with a mandate to wipe out kidnappers on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The team deployed in Rijanah, Kaduna State comprises the Special Police Force, Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Units, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, the Force Intelligence Branch, and the Police Mobile Force with Headquarters.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja where he also paraded some suspected kidnappers of the mother of Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello in 2014.The Joint Police Team are under

“The Joint Police Team are under a specific and definite mandate to root out the kidnap for ransom gangs and armed robbery gangs that have been terrorising the Abuja-Kaduna Highway in the recent times. The operations are to complement and augment the ongoing Joint Police/Military operations on ground before now”, he said.

Mr Jimoh disclosed that in order to achieve the success of the operations ‘Absolute Sanity’, the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Department of Operations has been mandated to supervise the operation as overall Commander.

He informed that the Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge of the Police Mobile Force would be the Grand Commander of the operations.

The Force spokesman said the police personnel would be proactive and also work on actionable intelligence at their disposal to carry out massive deployment.

He added that the team would ensure 24 hours surveillance, patrol and continuous raids of identified and other suspected hideouts of kidnappers with a view to arresting them promptly before they attack innocent people, as well as tackle other forms of crime on the highway.

“Police helicopters will embark on aerial surveillance and guided missions to assist the operations Absolute Sanity’s personnel on the ground in covering difficult terrains”.

The Police urged members of the public not to panic but assist and cooperate with the personnel in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Kidnapping: IGP Deploys Special Forces To Abuja-Kaduna Highway

kidnapping, igp, special forcesThe acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has deployed Special Forces to help curb activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements along the highway and surrounding states.

This is in response to the rampant cases of kidnapping along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Inaugurating the special strike force on Friday, the IG who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of operations, Joshak Habila, said that the operatives would be dispatched to various locations in Kaduna, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory to protect lives and property of road users and residents of the areas.

The IGP assured citizens living around the area that the arrival of the special strike force, together with operatives of the Kaduna State Police Command would bring activities of kidnappers and other criminal elements to an end.

He appealed to members of the public to cooperate with men of the strike force and the command by providing useful information that would enable them track down the criminals that have been terrorising the state.

Meanwhile, the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 7, Alkali Usman, also joined the DIG in warning the officers and men of the squad not to exhibit acts capable of truncating the operation.

He also assured them that their welfare would be adequately taking care of.

Kaduna has recently gained notoriety as a hotbed for the kidnapping, with past victims including diplomats, judges, government officials and political figures.

For a smooth operation, operational patrol vans with communication gadgets have been procured for the troops.

As they move into their various units to commence operation, it is hoped that they will bring the activities of armed bandits to an end.

NEMA, FRSC Flag Off Operation Eagle Eye For Safe Driving in Yuletide

Operation Eagle Eye The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), North West Zone, in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), on Wednesday, launched a programme tagged ‘Operation Eagle Eye’ aimed at reducing accidents on the road during the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, North West, Mr Musa Ilalah, told newsmen in Kaduna that the exercise was to make the Yuletide accident free for Nigerians.

He said that the programme was a disaster-reduction management measure put in place by NEMA to carry out surveillance on major highways to reduce incidences of road crashes.

He said that his men and Road Safety officials have been deployed on the Abuja-Kaduna highway, Kaduna-Kano road, and other major highways in the zone.

On his part, the FRSC Unit Commander, Ibrahim Abubakar, advised motorists to drive with caution and avoid driving recklessly on the road or over loading their vehicles, warning that any driver who contravenes all road rules would be sanctioned accordingly.

Part of the operation is the stopping of vehicles to examine the state of the vehicles and the amount of load the drivers are carrying as well as enlightening the drivers on basic road safety rules and regulations.

Some motorists commended the exercise by the FRSC and NEMA officials, describing its as timely as it would reduce road mishaps during the Yuletide.

Four ABU Lecturers Die In Auto Crash

The Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria has been thrown into a mourning mood following the death of its four lecturers in a car accident on the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Friday night.

The lecturers, it was learnt, were returning to Zaria after a function in Abuja when they met their untimely death.

Those who died include Professor Samuel Kafewo, Dr Martins Anyegba, Nana Aisha Ali, and another yet to be identified person.

One of the victims, Professor Jenkeri Okwori is said to be critically injured, according to the Head of Directorate of Public Affairs, ABU, Dr. Ismail Shehu, who confirmed the incident to reporters.

All of them were Development Communication experts and also lecturers at the ABU’s Department of Theatre and Performing Arts.