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Bandits abduct police officer’s wife, five others in Zaria

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
28 December 2021   |   4:03 am
Daredevil bandits have kidnapped six people, including a police officer’s wife in the Wusasa area of Zaria in Kaduna State.

Move from house to house kidnap
Daredevil bandits have kidnapped six people, including a police officer’s wife in the Wusasa area of Zaria in Kaduna State.
   
The incident, which occurred late Sunday left many residents in panic and awake as the bandits embarked on house-to-house expedition, before the intervention of the local vigilante group, who engaged them in a gun duel, which forced them to flee with six victims.
  
A police officer, whose wife was abducted but did not want his identity revealed, said the bandits entered their home around 10:30 p.m.
 


According to him, four out of the assailants entered the house, while some were stationed at all entries to prevent security men from accessing the area, while they lay ambush in wait for their victims.
 
He said: “I escaped through the fence and took cover since I was not with any rifle.
 
“I heard them saying this is the apartment of the Shai. All the bandits were aged between 18 and 20.”
 
Sources also said that “aside from the policeman’s wife, his daughters and four others were kidnapped.”
  
He added that personnel of Kaduna State Vigilante Service (KadVS) later responded to a distress call put to them but the bandits were already on their way out with the victims.

“As they (KadVS) arrived and engaged the bandits in a gun duel, they (bandits) ran away with the victims,”  sources said.
  
Reacting, the Sarkin Wusasa, Isiyaku Danlami Yusufu expressed concern over incessant kidnapping in the area.
 
He, however, attributed it to the recent release of informants arrested and charged to Court in the area. 
 
Contacted, the spokesperson of Kaduna Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said: “ I am presently on transit. I will speak with the Area Commander in Zaria and get back.”

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