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Birnin-Gwari: Again Gunmen Abduct 42 Passengers


Suspected armed bandits have again  kidnapped Forty two passengers en-route to Kano on Birni Gwari- Kaduna Highways  

Chairman of the Taxi section of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Birnin Gwari, Malam Danladi Idon Duniya who confirmed the abductions to Solacebase said the villagers found clothes belonging to female passengers in the cars as the vehicles were found abandoned .

He said the incidents occurred on Tuesday evening and Wednesday’s morning.

The union leader said: “At least 42 passengers have been kidnapped along Birnin-Gwari and Kaduna Highway between yesterday evening and this morning.

“This Wednesday morning around 8.00am the armed bandit intercepted three vehicles conveying 21 people from Birnin-Gwari, Kuriga and Kagara and abducted them into the bush.

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“Meanwhile, yesterday evening around 5.15am another 21 people inside commercial VW golf (saloon) cars were also kidnapped.

“Some of the drivers of the vehicles who escaped on sighting the kidnappers narrated their ordeal to us.

“Majority of the passengers including women and children were travelling to Kano when the kidnappings occurred.”

Solacebase gathered that relevant security agencies have been informed on the development and action is being taking to rescue the victims and apprehend the kidnappers.

Solacebase recalled activities of armed bandits operating along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highways where they recently kidnapped 107 passengers which prompted the Chief of Army Staff, Lt General Tukur Yusuf Buratai  to charge troops to end the wanton killings and destruction of property in the axis in three weeks.

Concerned with the incessant kidnapping and killing, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the area cautioned its members from plying the route pending deployment of troop and other security agencies.


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