The state of insecurity along the Kaduna-Abuja highway has come to the fore again as armed bandits kidnapped six travelers along the torturous stretch of road. The incident occurred on Saturday, September 7th 2019.
The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the incident to newsmen on Monday. Equally important, the Command disclosed that the six persons were abducted in Rijana village along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
Nevertheless, the Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Yakubu Sabo assured that the Police were on the trail of the bandits.
Furthermore, he disclosed that two of the victims were however abandoned by the bandits.
DSP Sabo revealed this in a press statement issued on Monday in Kaduna. A copy of the press statement was made available to the media.
As a matter of fact, the spokesman of the Kaduna Police Command revealed that the Police were involved in a fire-fight with the bandits.
According to him, the kidnappers were dressed in military uniform. Further, he revealed that they intercepted a commercial bus with registration number ABJ 905 XC around 11:30pm. The bus was intercepted at a point near Rijana and the suspected kidnappers took away the victims.
“Patrol teams within the axis were quickly mobilised to the scene and engaged the hoodlums as a result of which one Rofiat Tijjani, aged 17, and one other person, both of Tudunwada Kaduna, were released by the criminals in their desperate attempt to escape.
“Both victims were taken to the Rijana police station alongside the vehicle.
“Efforts are still on to rescue the remaining four victims and arrest the criminals,” Sabo said.
The Kaduna-Abuja highway has remained a major flash-point for kidnappings in recent times. Consequently, there has been increased clamour for more heavy security presence on it.