The Kaduna Police Commissioner, Austin Iwar, has confirmed that one person was killed along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway by armed bandits on Friday.
PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported that the bandits kidnapped 23 travellers, according to a witness.
The victims reportedly include a nursing mother and a kid, Mohammed Kebi told the news agency, PRNigeria.
Mr Kebi, a commercial driver, who said he escaped the scene of the kidnapping, said about five vehicles were intercepted during the abduction on Friday morning.
“At least five vehicles were intercepted by kidnappers along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road around 11.00am this morning Friday. At least 23 people were kidnapped, including a nursing mother and one other kid.
“The incident occurred at Kwanar-tsauni between Udawa and Labi.
“Though there is improved security along Funtua route which many commercial vehicles ply, we want the government to also provide maximum security to other routes that are haven of Kidnappers,” he said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner who denied the earlier report, said one person died; one female, Juliana Lah, was kidnapped while another passenger Zubairu sustained gunshot wounds.
The commissioner disclosed this in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES.
“All we know is that one person, a teacher was shot dead by the bandits, a lady name Juliana Lah was kidnapped and somebody, Zubairu sustained gunshot (wounds) and is now receiving treatment in hospital,” he said.
He said the dead teacher, Abdullahi Adamu was a resident of Kaduna metropolis.
He said the incident occurred around Kwanan Dutse near Labi village along Kaduna Birnin Gwari highway.
The commissioner also said the bandits opened fire on a commercial Golf 3 vehicle conveying the victims.
On the number of people kidnapped the CP said, ”Look people can just sit down and give numbers without facts. All I know is that one person was kidnapped,” he said.
But a driver who claimed to have been to the scene of incident, Mohammed Kabir, insisted that ”many people were kidnapped, among them women”.
“Many passengers were kidnapped and two people shot by the bandits. I was lucky because before I got to the scene, they (bandits) had already completed their operations,” he said.
Bandit attacks along this route has intensified in recent months.
The Army recently sited a military base along Kanfanin Doka in an effort to end criminal activities in the area.
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