Suspected Fulani gunmen attack CAN chairman, abduct policeman, others in Kaduna

Gun men dressed in dark cloths with black masks which covered their faces
Tochi Juliet

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have kidnapped an alleged sick policeman, a 14-year-old girl and two others in Mararaba Rido, Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

They were abducted in the early hours of today, Friday.

According to Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, chairman Kaduna north local government, Rev. Elisha Abu Dreams, who confirmed the incident, said that his house was first attacked by the same suspected kidnappers around 11:57 pm.

According to Rev. Abu Dreams, “The suspected kidnappers first came to my house at exactly 11:57 pm, and they called, spoke in Fulani and Hausa language that l should open the door for them. Immediately, l and my family started praying for divine intervention from God Almighty.

“While we were praying and refused to open the entrance to the house, they tried using a hammer to break the entrance to the house but could not succeed. While they were making efforts to have their way into the house, we were still praying to God for help.

He further added '' They later used automatic gun by shooting on the door so that they could gain entrance to the house, yet we were still praying, and at the same time, I called on the police to inform them of what we were going through and for their immediate assistance.

Before the police personnel could come to the house, they left without gaining entrance to the house.”

Rev. Abu Dreams further explained that the suspected kidnappers left to other neighbouring houses, abducted a sick police officer that had just come from another State, a Civil Defence officer, a 14-year-old girl and a security man and went away with them.

In the same week, unknown Gunmen have kidnapped seven students along with their female teacher from a secondary school in Kaduna state, killing a vigilante and vandalising a church.

Reports have it that the attackers were on 20 motorcycles as they stormed Damba-Kasaya village shooting sporadically.

According to an eye witness who briefed the press about the ugly incident, he said ''The gunmen arrived around 8:00 am and went into the Prince Academy where they took away the seven students and their teacher who was coaching them for their upcoming senior class exams.

We don’t know where they took the hostages; they have not made any contact. We hope they don’t harm them.”

A local vigilante was killed in a gunfight as the soldiers and a local protection force pursued the kidnappers.

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