Bandits Kidnap Council Vice Chairman, Several Others In Kaduna
The Vice-Chairman of Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State, James Bijimi, and an unspecified number of travellers have been kidnapped by bandits along the Kaduna-Kachia road.
Briefing newsmen on Friday, the Kaduna State Police Command Spokesman, Mohammed Jalige, confirmed that the travellers were kidnapped but could not give the number of those that were abducted.
He said security operatives recovered three vehicles apparently belonging to the abductees, while one person was injured.
It was gathered that the bandits mounted a roadblock around Gonan Roger and Makyali axis in Kajuru Local Government at about 10:00 am on Friday morning, where they intercepted some vehicles and took away some people including the Vice-Chairman of Jaba Local Government Area.
A community leader told Channels Television that security operatives responded swiftly to the area and engaged the bandits in a gun battle.
Meanwhile, during the encounter, the troops were able to rescue six abducted women.
A top official of the local government added that the bandits have established contact with the family of the abducted Vice Chairman, and are demanding a ransom of N100 million before his release.