Bandit terrorists have reportedly kidnapped at least twenty-two people along the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The latest attack according to reports, happened on Sunday, April 3, hours after the departure of the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, from the areas.
Naija News recalls that the IGP on Saturday joined the patrol of the Abuja-Kaduna expressway in a clearance operation.
The police chief was available in person to supervise the deployment of police operatives to patrol the expressway which was taken over by bandits for some days.
It was noted in a statement issued by the acting Police Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi, that the IGP Alkali had ordered the deployment of different police units to patrol the popular highway.
However, barely 24hours after the IGP had departed the route, bandit terrorists reportedly invaded Anguwar Maji in Jere town along the Abuja-Kaduna Highway and raided houses.
Jere community shares a boundary with Tafa-Sabon -Wuse in Niger State.
The town is located on the ever-busy Abuja-Kaduna Highway.
Dailytrust reports that the assailants stormed the small town in large numbers and whisked away no fewer than 22 residents, including five women at gunpoint.
A resident of Anguwar Maji, Shehu Bala, who confirmed the incident to reporters through a telephone conversation, said the incident happened around 11 pm on Sunday.
“The bandits came in their large numbers as some of them wore army uniforms.
“They moved from house to house and woke their victims up before they marched them into the bush at gunpoint,” Dailytrust quoted the resident as saying.
The source further explained that the terrorists operated in the community for over an hour.
According to him, they invaded the community silently and suddenly started shooting sporadically after they noticed some people are coming after them.
Bala, however, said one among the 22 kidnapped victims escaped from his abductors while being led into the bush.
Efforts to get more details about the incident proved abortive at the time the report was given as the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalinge, could not be reached, Naija News understands.