A senior Army officer serving at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry Jaji in Kaduna State, Colonel Samaila Inusa, has been abducted by kidnappers.
The Deputy Director, Public Relations of the One Mechanised Division, Colonel Usman Abdul, disclosed this on Sunday in the Nigeria’s northwest state.
Colonel Abdul said that the Army officer was abducted from his car around Kamazo area, near refinery junction in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The abductors intercepted the officer’s personal car, and later dropped off his wife before leaving with him as they travelled along the Abuja-Kaduna road.
Four people, including the son of a renowned Islamic Preacher, Sheik Ibrahim El-Zazaki, were reportedly killed by soldiers on Friday afternoon, following a clash between soldiers and followers of an Islamic Movement popularly called Shi’ite at PZ area in Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
An eyewitness account said that the incident happened when the members of the sect abducted 2 soldiers who attempted to stop the sect members from procession marking the Qudus Day, a day set aside by the Shi’ite movement in Nigeria in support of the Palestinian struggle in the Middle East.
The intervention of some soldiers to rescue their colleagues from the angry sect members numbering over 300 triggered the violence, as soldiers allegedly started firing gunshots to disperse the increasing crowd.
The clash, which lasted for over two hours, however, paralysed business activities in the ancient city, as traders hurriedly closed down their offices and shops and rushed to their homes for fear of being caught up in the attack.
Channels Television correspondent reported that the injured victims were rushed to a health facility in the city for treatment.
When contacted, spokesman of 1 Division of Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul, declined commenting on the matter, saying he was yet to get the full details of what happened.
The leadership of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has threatened to drag the Nigerian Military to the Court over what it termed as the incessant killings, harassment and infringement on the rights of its members.
At a press conference in Kaduna, the National Secretary of the association, Baba Usman Ngelzarma, lamented the injustice meted against Fulani herdsmen across the country and warned that they would no longer fold their arms and watch their members being unjustly killed and intimidated by the military on daily basis.
Reacting to the alleged killing of six Fulani herdsmen by soldiers at Saminaka in Lere Local Government of Kaduna State, MACBAN described the incident as brutal and deliberately planned to eliminate their members, expressing anger that such wicked act was carried out by security agents.
The association said that the six deceased Fulani herdsmen were arrested in Kunkuru village in the same Lere Local Government while they were returning from their grazing point in the Southern part of Kaduna State to their place of origin in Jigawa State. They alleged that they were shot dead by soldiers attached to the Joint Task Force in the Local Government.
The association, while calling on the military authorities to fish out the soldiers that perpetrated the killing and bring them to justice, also demanded for the immediate compensation of the families of the affected victims by the military, as well as the immediate arrest and prosecution of the village head of Rumanda by the security agencies over his alleged role in the killing of the six Fulani herdsmen.
The Spokesman of One Division Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul, did not answer the telephone calls by our correspondent, as we sought to have the military’s reaction to the allegation.
Kaduna State government today imposed a 24 hour-curfew in Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna State, after angry youths protested over the alleged shooting to death of two people who were among the crowd that wanted to kill the 32 suspected Fulani gunmen who had been arrested by soldiers with weapons in Kafanchan on Wednesday morning.
The incident was said to have occurred when the former head of state, General Muhammadu Buhari was passing through the area while on his way to donate relief materials to people who were displaced during last two weeks attack in Kaura local government area of the state.
An eyewitness told our correspondent that trouble started when the youth demanded that the soldiers should hand over the suspects to them, which the soldiers vehemently declined, and in the process of trying to disperse the crowd, the soldiers allegedly shot two persons. The shooting was said to have triggered some kind of protest as the angry youth barricaded the road.
Natives said about 12 AK riffles, 13 dane guns, a bag of ammunition, all kinds of machetes and other dangerous weapons were recovered from the suspects at a checkpoint in Kafanchan.
Although the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Aminu Lawan, said that the entire incident had to do with the Nigerian Army and not the Police, Spokesman of the One Mechanised Division of Nigerian Army, Colonel Usman Abdul confirmed the incident but did not give the full details of what happened.
The Chairman of Jema’a Local Government Area, Mr Daniel Amos said the decision to impose a 24 hour curfew was done with the permission of the state government, and was done to forestall a breakdown of law and order.