In a recent surge of violence, bandits targeted the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, kidnapping over 85 individuals, including both travellers and residents, between Thursday and Sunday. The attacks resulted in at least four tragic deaths in the Kachia Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The Kaduna State Police Command confirmed the bandit attack near Katari on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, acknowledging a fierce battle with security forces. While injuries occurred during the crossfire, details on the abductions were not provided. Individuals injured, including Jibrin Tasiu, Jummai Abubakar, Zafira Abubakar, AbdulKarim Nurudeen, Chinedu Jerry Moneke, and Ayo James, received prompt medical attention.
Despite a strong military presence along the highways, ongoing bandit attacks near Katari have prompted calls for heightened security measures. The District Head of Bishini, Yohana Sarki, urged the government to deploy more security operatives to safeguard vulnerable communities.
Residents recounted harrowing experiences, with reports indicating over 30 travellers were abducted and another 55 taken by a separate group in neighbouring villages. Villagers stressed the urgent need for enhanced security measures and equipment for local vigilantes to complement official efforts.
The Chief Imam of Katari Central Mosque, Suleiman Mohammed, confirmed the Sunday attack, expressing concern over the escalating banditry. Eyewitnesses noted the suspected foreign bandits, speaking Fulani, blocking the highway and abducting numerous travellers.
As affected communities cope with the aftermath, persistent calls for government intervention and improved security underscore the necessity for a comprehensive strategy to address the escalating security challenges in the region.