Bandits demand N100m for kidnapped Anglican church members in Kaduna

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At least eight people were killed and ten kidnapped in three different attacks launched in the state yesterday.

Among those abducted were four female members of the Anglican Church at Kasuwan Magani in the Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

It was also learnt the six occupants of a Volkswagen Golf car were kidnapped by the bandits along the Kaduna-Kachia road on Tuesday.

Though the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the killing of eight persons, he was, however, silent on the abducted people.

But the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria confirmed the abduction of its members.

The religious body said the abductors were demanding a N100m ransom.

It was gathered that members of the Anglican church were kidnapped at Kasuwan Magani also along the Kaduna-Kachia road.

The abduction of the Anglican Church members came 12 days after their counterparts from the Redeemed Christian Church of God were abducted on the same road.

The abducted RCCG members are still languishing in their abductors’ den as their fate remain unknown.

Also, students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Kaduna, who were abducted three weeks ago had yet to regain freedom.

Reacting to the incident, the Archbishop of Anglican Church, Kaduna Province, Most Rev. Buba Lamido, said four members of the church, while four others were injured.

He added that the driver of the bus conveying them was shot dead.

Explaining how the dastardly act was executed, the commisioner said the bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in the Kajuru LG and opened fire on a bus as well as a truck carrying firewood.

Aruwan gave the names of those killed as Alfred Makinde (the driver of the bus), Abdulrahman Dela, Dauda Adamu, Umar Dauda and Abdulrasheed Musa while the injured three were Murtala Ibrahim, Ali Manager and Abdullahi (full name unknown).

Similarly, he said bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road at the Doka axis of the Kajuru LGA and shot at a truck, killing the driver.

The commissioner added that in the Kachia LGA, bandits invaded a herders settlement in Inlowo village and killed one Ibrahim Haruna, before carting away 180 cows.

He said, “Eight killed, four injured by bandits in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas.

“On a sad note, security agencies have reported the killing of eight persons in separate incidents in Kajuru and Kachia local government areas.

“In one incident, bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road around Kadanye village in the Kajuru LGA, and opened fire on a bus, as well as a truck carrying firewood.

“Akilbu village in the Kachia LGA, bandits shot at a vehicle, injuring two persons, Mansur Ibrahim and Muhammadu Aminu. Mansur Ibrahim later died in hospital while Muhammadu Aminu continues to receive treatment.”

Kaduna State has become a hotbed of abduction and wanton killings by bandits following the El-rufai government’s position on granting amnesty to bandits terrorising the state.

El-rufai has said several times that he would not negotiate or enter into peace talks with bandits stressing that any bandit caught in the state will be killed.