Daredevil kidnappers on Tuesday afternoon struck at busy Abuja-Kaduna expressway and kidnapped eight Abuja-bound travelers.
A witness who escaped the siege told DAILY NIGERIAN that the kidnappers shot sporadically, stopped a Honda and Toyota cars and shepherded the eight occupants into the bush at 3:15pm.
“Watching from afar at Akilibu village, we saw eight people led into the bush. The kidnappers didn’t waste much time,” said a witness, Lawan Sule.
Spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing in this report.
On Monday, dozens of travelers were abducted while travelling in a Toyota Hilux van with registration number CT 01 AF at about 6:30pm along the expressway.
The armed abductors struck near Gidan Busa village along the expressway and started firing at it in the bid to compel the driver to stop the vehicle.
One of the men in the van, identified as Mshelia Suleman was injured in the Monday incident.
Police however confirmed the Monday incident, saying a combined team of operatives from the Anti-Kidnapping Unit, mobile force and the conventional police have been mobilized to the scene.
He however said the number of the victims was exaggerated.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai had ordered the Police and other security agencies to reinforce their presence on the major expressways leading in and out of the state.
In a statement on Tuesday, Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor, added that the directive followed a meeting of the Kaduna State Security Council summoned the governor to assess the situation on the Kaduna-Abuja and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari roads.
According to him, Mr El-Rufai presided over the meeting via teleconference from Dakar, Senegal, where he accompanied President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The Kaduna State Security Council appealed for calm, assuring citizens plying the Abuja-Kaduna and Kaduna-Birnin Gwari roads of robust security patrols on the resolutions adopted for immediate implementation.
“The meeting assured residents that the government will continue to partner with security agencies operating in the state towards the protection of life and property of the citizenry. Further details of the meeting were not made public to avoid undermining security measures,” the statement said.
Present at the meeting were Brigadier General OJ. Akpor, Garrison Commander I Division, Air Commodore I. Sani, Base Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police AT Abdullahi, State Director Department of State Services, Ahmed Idris Koya, Modu Bunu, Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Others were the Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Abbas Lawal, DIG Murtala Abbas, Special Adviser on Internal Security, Adamu Mansur, Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services and Samuel Aruwan, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity.