Gunmen on Tuesday abducted many travelers and set ablaze at least eight vehicles after intercepting a convoy of motorists between Kuriga and Manini near Udawa along Birnin Gwari Highway in Kaduna State
Penpushing reports that, sources said the gunmen blocked the highway to carry out the illegal operation, while the chairman of Birnin Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, a vigilante group, Ibrahim Nagwari in reaction to the ugly development, explained that the gunmen had been active in the area in the last few days.
The vigilante group boss pointed out that, in the last four days, terrorists had lay siege on motorists on Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway abducting as well as killing and wounded many innocent citizens, adding that despite being active in the area, residents failed to report their presence.
Penpushing further reports that, Nagwari blamed the Nigerian government for not doing enough to tackle insecurity in the area, explaining that eight vehicles were set ablaze by the gunmen, as well as number of passengers abducted.
“In the sad event today, eight vehicles were set ablaze by the terrorists, while unaccounted number of innocent motorists mostly women and children were waylaid into the bush by the terrorists for ransom’, he said.
“It is evidently, clear, that, unholy marriage of bandits and Ansaru ( Boko Haram) has declared a total war on our people, yet the political will by the authorities to honour their oaths of office to protect Lives and Property of our citizens remains a mirage’.
“While politicians are engaged on their mission to clinch power comes 2023, none of the gladiators seeking for elections has any agenda of emancipating our people from the bondage of terrorists and miscreants. Moreso, none of this politicians deem it fit to visit Birnin-Gwari to either see delegates, but rather called delegates to Kaduna for consultations’.
“We had always appreciate efforts of security personnel in their passion to curtailed the precarious Insecurity bedeviling Birnin-Gwari general area. But, our people has reach a point of no return, hence the need for the people of Birnin-Gwari and communities along the Kaduna-Birnin-Gwari highway to halt with immediate effect traveling on this notorious highway from tomorrow till security situation improves.
“This organization hereby advise all our citizens to exercise maximum restraint and obey all rules of the land and seclude themselves in prayers for Allah intervention to deal with the terrorists and their collaborators within our communities. Equally, we pray for safe return of our people mostly women and Children that were abducted. We are citizens of this country and not prodigal sons that were left wandering, like ” Sheep’s without Shepherd.”
Penpushing also reports that, when contacted, Kaduna State Police Command Public Relations Officer said the authorities will soon release statement on the development, while the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan was yet to react to the incident as at the time of filing this report.
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