Gunmen abduct 3 passengers along Kaduna-Abuja highway

Gunmen abduct 3 passengers along Kaduna-Abuja highway

Promise Eze

Gunmen have abducted three passengers along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday at a location between Dikko and Jere communities after the car conveying the victims developed a fault and broke down.

The gunmen struck and killed the driver on the spot few minutes after he had parked and was waiting for a mechanic to come fix the faulty vehicle.

The terrorists, thereafter, took the three passengers away.

One of the victims identified as Sadiya Ahmed and her co-travelers were said to have hired a commercial driver for the trip from Abuja.

A family source who spoke to journalists on Monday, said the bandits had contacted them, demanding N20 Million ransom.

According to the family, the bandits said the victims had been taken to a forest in Sarkin Pawa, Niger State.

“They had just passed through Dikko Junction before Jere when the car began to overheat, so they had to stop and get a mechanic.

“It was in the process of waiting for the mechanic that the bandits attacked them. They killed the driver on the spot and took his corpse along with the kidnapped victims.

“They [bandits] called and told us that Hajia Sa’adiya and the other two persons have been taken to a forest in Sarkin Pawa.

“And they have demanded the payment of a N20million ransom before Wednesday,” a family source said.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, promised to make an inquiry from the Division Police Officer of the area and revert to our correspondent.



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