Kaduna-Abuja Highway Now Safe – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai

 

Kidnapping on Abuja-Kaduna highway has substantially reduced, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said on Thursday.

The Governor made the remark at an inter-agency security meeting held in Kaduna.

Early this year, Kaduna state was in the news for the wrong reasons due to rising cases of kidnapping, communal clashes, and rural banditry.  

At some point, the Kaduna-Abuja highway and Birnin-Gwari road became a no-go area for motorists largely due to the incessant abduction of travellers and residents.

But El-Rufai said the kidnappers terrorising the highway have been substantially degraded and defeated by security agencies, and therefore declared the road safe for motorists.

At the security meeting, which involved officials from the Police, Army, Nigerian Security and  Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others, El-Rufai expressed happiness that no one has been kidnapped on the highway in the last two and a half months.

He attributed the success to the enhanced level of collaboration and coordination among security agencies.

However, he urged them to sustain the inter-agency collaboration while also assuring that the State Government is committed to complementing their efforts through logistics support, mobility, hardware and other means.

Gunmen Kidnap Six On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Bandits Kill Two Air Force Personnel In Kaduna

 

Six persons have been abducted by unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers on the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The incident was confirmed in a statement by the Public Relations Officer of Kaduna police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, who said that it happened on Sunday evening.

This is coming barely 24 hours after police operatives killed three suspected kidnappers and arrested 26 others on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna Zaria expressway.

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According to the police spokesman, the armed men in military uniform intercepted a commercial bus at about 11:40 pm on Sunday near Rijana Village along Kaduna – Abuja Expressway, and later took away six persons into the bush.

He explained that Police Patrol Teams within the axis were quickly mobilised to the scene and engaged the hoodlums in a gun battle.

As a result, two of the victims were released by the criminals in their desperate attempt to escape.

He also assured that efforts are still on to rescue the remaining four victims and arrest the kidnappers.

Kidnap Of UBEC Chairman, Daughter Is Tragic – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has described the kidnap of the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway as tragic and unfortunate.

The gunmen who were dressed in military uniform intercepted two vehicles including a sports utility vehicle belonging to the UBEC chairman around Kurmin Kare village along the highway at about 3:30 pm on Monday, shot the driver dead, and later abducted the UBEC chairman and his daughter to an unknown destination.

Sani in a Facebook post on Monday urged the security agencies to intensify efforts to secure their release.

“The reported kidnapping of Dr Muhammad Abubakar Mahmud and his daughter and the killing of his driver along Abuja Kaduna road today is tragic and unfortunate.

“I call on the security agencies to jointly intensify efforts to secure their freedom. My heart goes to the victims and their families. May the soul of the deceased Rest in Peace.”

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Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurahman, confirmed the incident in a statement and said that a combined team of Police Mobile Force, Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Special Forces and Operation Yaki have been mobilized to the area with a view to combing the bush for possible rescue of the victims and arresting the criminals.

The Kaduna-Abuja highway has been under recent attacks by bandits, which made the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, launch a robust security action plan tagged ‘Operation Puff Adder’ on Friday, April 5, 2019.

The aim was to tackle kidnapping, banditry and other criminal activities along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

The operation covers the Kaduna-Abuja highway and adjoining communities extending to Kogi, Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states.

The force recently combed the bush along Kaduna-Abuja highway in search of the armed bandits terrorizing unsuspecting commuters on the road.

Despite the move by the security agencies, most travellers took to the Abuja and Kaduna rail stations to avoid life-threatening experiences on the expressway.

Gunmen Kidnap UBEC Chairman, Daughter Along Kaduna-Abuja Highway

 

The Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

Confirming the incident in a statement, spokesman for the the Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the gunmen who were dressed in military uniform intercepted two vehicles including a sports utility vehicle belonging to the UBEC chairman around Kurmin Kare village along the highway at about 3:30 pm on Monday, shot the driver dead, and later abducted the UBEC chairman and his daughter to an unknown destination.

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He said that two occupants of one of the vehicles who were travelling from Kano to Oyo State were injured and rescued to Katari Police Station.

The statement explains that a Combined Team Police Mobile Force, Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Special Forces and Operation Yaki were quickly mobilized to the area with a view to combing the bush for possible rescue of the victims and arresting the criminals.

It, however, quotes that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurahman has appealed to members of the public to support the police with relevant information which could assist in apprehending the perpetrators of the heinous act.

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine

Police Engage Suspected Kidnappers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway, Kill Nine
A file photo of police officers on patrol.

 

Police operatives attached to Operation Puff Adder have killed nine suspected kidnappers who have been terrorising travellers on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Mr Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday.

He explained that the success followed a serious exchange of gunfire between police operatives and heavily armed bandits at the Akilbu Forest along the road.

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The police spokesman added that two of the bandits escaped with gunshot wounds.

However, one of the police operatives sustained gunshot wound and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Mr Mba said the police operatives recovered six Ak 47 Rifles, one Pump Action Gun, 1,206 rounds of Ak 47 Ammunition, seven magazines, 28 cartridges, and 158 expended shells from the bandits during the operation.

He noted that efforts were being intensified to arrest the fleeing members of the gang.

The acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, who launched the operation recently, commended the police team for the success recorded.

He was also pleased with the progress made so far in the fight against kidnapping and other heinous crimes across the country.

The IGP gave assurance that the war against banditry would be won soon and sought the support of Nigerians for the police and other security agencies.

Gunmen Abduct Travellers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

Gunmen Abduct Travellers On Kaduna-Abuja Highway

 

Some passengers travelling in a Toyota Hilus car belonging the Federal Ministry of Justice have been abducted by gunmen on the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.

The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed this in a statement on Tuesday, saying the travellers were kidnapped on Monday night.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Yakubu Sabo, the assailants intercepted the victims near Gidan Visa village, opened fire on them and shot a traveller in the process after which they were taken to an unknown destination.

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He, however, said the security patrol teams within the axis quickly moved to the scene,  rescued the injured person and rushed him to the hospital.

A combined team of personnel from the Anti Kidnapping Unit, Police Mobile Force and conventional police was said to have mobilised to the area for intensive general search operation with a view to rescuing the victims and apprehending the kidnappers.

The command’s spokesman disclosed that a bank teller bearing the name of a possible victim and two footwears were recovered from the vehicle.

He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to support the police with relevant information on the whereabouts of the kidnappers and other suspected criminals in their resolve to curb the menace of banditry and other related crimes in the state.

Over the years, the Kaduna-Abuja highway has been in the news for incessant kidnappings and robbery attacks by armed bandits who terrorise motorists and residents, despite the presence of security operatives on the road.

IGP Declares War Against Criminals Terrorising Kaduna-Abuja Highway

 

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris has declared war on kidnappers and other criminals terrorising travellers and residents along the Kaduna-Abuja highway and other parts of the state.

He said the criminals have done incalculable damage to the residents of the state and must be fished out and made to face the wrath of the law.

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The Police boss said this during an inspection of Special Police Operation along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Wednesday.

He added that security operatives have spread their dragnet to arrest and deal ruthlessly with anyone found to be involved in the kidnapping activities and other related crimes.

He appeals to residents of Kaduna state and environs to collaborate with the police and other security agencies by exposing criminals and persons with questionable characters living among them.

Kaduna-Abuja Highway: Police Kill Kidnapper, Arrest Four Others

Kaduna-Abuja Highway: Police Kill Kidnapper, Arrest Four Others
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Operatives of the Special Mobile Force Unit of the Kaduna State Police Command have arrested four suspected kidnappers terrorising motorists along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

According to the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Agyole Abeh, one other kidnapper was killed by the security operatives during a shootout.

Parading the suspected kidnappers at the Command Headquarters alongside other suspects, Mr Abeh said the kidnappers also engaged the police in a gun battle in an operation to rescue their victims.

He, however, told reporters on Wednesday that two of his men who were injured during the shootout with the bandits are receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital.

The Police Commissioner added that some members of the kidnapping gang equally escaped with bullet wounds.

He hinted that the police also recorded a major success with the arrest of dozens of members of the notorious “Sara Suka Gang” and armed robbers believed to be terrorising residents of the state capital.

Mr Abeh noted that all the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the police conclude their investigation.

3 Kidnapped Persons In Kaduna Regain Freedom After Gun Battle

kidnapped persons in KadunaSecurity operatives in Kaduna State have rescued three kidnapped persons in the State’s Kachia Local Government Area.

A statement by a spokesman for the State Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the victims were rescued at Idon village in Kachia Local Government by men of the Operation Yaki Security Outfit on Thursday night.

According to the statement, the security operatives said they had received a distress call at their Control Room that some gang of armed bandits had kidnapped some persons.

Mr Aruwan stated that the bandits were intercepted along the Kaduna-Abuja highway after the security operatives engaged them in a gun battle.

He further said that the rescued persons had been reunited with their families and the items recovered from the bandits handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department of Kaduna State Police Command for further investigation.

Effort are also being intensified to track down the fleeing bandits.

The Governor’s spokesman further assured residents of the state that the state government and security agencies were deeply committed to protecting their lives and property.

He also appealed to citizens to continue to provide information to security agencies for prompt action in case of any emergency.