Kidnappings thrive more around the border between Kaduna and Niger States motorists and villagers confirmed to Daily Trust yesterday. Respondents who include interstate commercial drivers and villagers along border communities in Munya, Rafi and Shiroro local government areas said the vast and thick forrest within the border communities of the two states aided the crime. […]

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Kidnappings thrive more around the border between Kaduna and Niger States motorists and villagers confirmed to Daily Trust yesterday.

Respondents who include interstate commercial drivers and villagers along border communities in Munya, Rafi and Shiroro local government areas said the vast and thick forrest within the border communities of the two states aided the crime.

According to them, the incidents are more rampant  in Birini Gwari in Kaduna and Sarkin Pawa route with the bandit taking refuge in the thick forest stretching through Niger, Kaduna and Zamfara states.

They also pointed out that the Kaduna-Birinin Gwari-Kagara-Tegina road, is also a hub of kidnappers and bandits, especially those fleeing military onslaught in Zamfara state.

Malam Abdulkadir Suleiman told Daily Trust at the popular Abdusalam Abubakar Motor park in Minna that their members hardly go through the Sarkin Pawa-Birini Gwari axis because of the menace.

“We have to totally avoid that road even though it is relatively shorter due to the activities of criminals but the situation on the alternative route from Minna-Lambata-Diko-Kaduna axis is also getting worse,” he explained.

Gunmen in late December last year kidnapped 15  persons and killed two others in Mangwaro, a neighbouring community on the Kaduna axis of the border.

The victims were intercepted  on their way from Kaduna to Niger by the kidnappers.

Also communities around the axis have come under attack by kidnappers who normally carryout the raids at nights and wee hours of the morning.

Daily Trust reports that although the Kaduna-Birinin Gwari-Kagara-Tegina road,  is in deplorable condition, the attackers target communities.

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Minna Depot claimed 20 of its members were kidnapped last year.

According to its chairman, Alhaji Adamu Erena, most of the incident happened along Kaduna-Birinin Gwari-Kagara-Tegina road, with casualty more around the Birinin Gwari axis.

He said members lost about four to five trucks of fuel to the activities of men of the underworld daily along the axis until the association advised its members to boycott the route. Communities within the axis have also come under attack by kidnappers.

In early February, 3,500 people from 17 communities in Rafi and Shiroro local government areas were forced to relocate from their ancestral homes due to constant attacks.

According to the state Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) officials, 35 people were abducted by the gun men in the raids. The displaced persons had to be temporally camped in Kagara and Pandogari in Rafi local government.

Malam Muhammad Usman told Daily Trust that his elder brother was murdered by the bandits during a night raid of his community, Hana Wanka in February.

According to him, the assailants stormed the community on motorcycles shooting sporadically into the air before commencing on-house to-house raid.

He said the assailants also kidnapped his mother and aged father, adding that the whereabouts of his parents is still unknown.

Also, Malam Musa and a lady who simply gave her name as Aisha, all from Farar Kasa said two of their brothers were equally kidnapped by the attackers who later reach out to family members for ransom.

Worried by the development, Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello during his campaign tour in Munya and Kuta in Shiroro local government areas had to appeal to traditional rulers to adopt stiffer surveillance measures to curtail the menace.

 

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