In Zankoro village along Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway on Sunday, some bandits killed no less than nine travelers, including children.
Also, on the same day, a total of 11 people were abducted by bandits in Dan Kungi village in the Kaduna State Local Government Area of Birnin Gwari.
This was contained in a statement made on Monday by Mr Salisu Haruna, Chairman of the Birnin-Gwari Progressives Union.
“The statement entitled, ‘Alarming increase in banditry and killings in the general area of Birnin Gwari,’ added that between December 20, 2020 and January 4, 2021, more than 40 people were abducted by the bandits, adding that “some of them (abductees) have been confirmed to be terribly ill.
The statement read in part, “For the people of Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the New Year 2021 has begun in sorrow and tears.”
Bandits laid siege on innocent travelers at Zankoro along the dreaded Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna Highway on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021, killing nine people (including three children) on their way to a ceremony at Doka, Birnin-Gwari LGA.
“Similarly, the bandits arrived at the same Zankoro about 9 a.m. today, Monday, January 4, 2021, indiscriminately shooting and abducting unspecified numbers of people and injuring six others who are now undergoing care at Buruku.
Bandits terrorizing the people of Birnin Gwari, especially those traveling along the Birnin Gwari-Funtua and Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highways, have become increasingly violent over the past two weeks as innocent citizens continue to be killed and abducted unabated.
At present, more than 40 abductees are at the hands of bandits who have been kidnapped between 20 December 2020 and 4 January 2021 on Monday; some of them have been confirmed to be terribly ill.
“On Sunday, January 3, 2021, a total of nine innocent travelers were killed at Zankoro along the Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway. On Sunday, January 3, 2021, a total of 11 people were abducted in the village of Dan Kungi.
“Therefore, BEPU urges the government to deploy immediate response squads along the highways of Birnin Gwari, Kaduna and Birnin Gwari-Funtua to mount offensive operations.”
A call to the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, however, rang out and no response was received to a text message sent to his mobile phone.