November 28, 2022



Kaduna: Bandits kill farmer, abduct 3 individuals, stop 30 automobiles alongside Birnin Gwari – Funtua highway

Days after the army cleared a part of the Birnin Gwari space of banditry, the bandits struck killing a farmer and abducting three others, whereas trapping 30 automobiles alongside the Birnin Gwari – Funtua highway. 

The Chairman of Birnin Gwari Emirate  Progressive Union (BEPU), Malam Ishaq Usman Kasai, who disclosed this in Kaduna on Sunday night time, stated the motorists paid large amount of cash to bail their automobiles even because the bandits ensured that the Birnin Gwari – Funtua highway stays blocked.

He stated, “On Thursday fifteenth September, 2022, armed bandits kidnapped three locals at farms in Kurgin Gabas Group within the western a part of Birnin Gwari Native Authorities Space of Kaduna state. The bandits additionally enrouted the identical group on Friday sixteenth, snatched a motorbike (Bajaj Mannequin) and killed the proprietor (Bala Balansi) immediately earlier than going again to the forest.

“Kurgin Gabas is sharing border with Kamuku Forest Reserve which turns into the hideouts of armed bandits and a typical route by way of which the bandits often come out from their hideouts to hold out assaults on communities within the western a part of Birnin Gwari and within the neighbouring Rafi Native Authorities of Niger state.

“BEPU acknowledges that the safety degree at Birnin Gwari to Kaduna Freeway has improved following the sooner go to by GOC of 1 Div Kaduna and subsequent mobilisation of troops in addition to occasional aerial surveillances alongside the highway by safety businesses.  The Union additionally observes that assaults are being carried out on some hideouts of the bandits significantly round Birnin Gwari and Chikun adjoining forests. 

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“Nonetheless, BEPU is deeply involved that the Birnin Gwari – Funtua Freeway stays blocked by armed bandits whereby about 30 automobiles together with huge vehicles are trapped and but to be retrieved by house owners; and lots of the travellers that have been kidnapped in the course of the assault on 1st September, 2022 are but to be launched.

“One other disturbing state of affairs is that, the bandits have carted away all the hundreds/items contained within the trapped automobiles and folks have been pressured by the armed bandits to pay large amount of cash starting from N300,000 to N1,000,000 with the intention to bail and retrieve their trapped automobiles from the highway. The cost disparity relies on the scale and nature of the automobiles. 

“BEPU is subsequently interesting for mobilization of troops to make sure opening of Birnin Gwari – Funtua Highway and for retrieving of trapped automobiles unconditionally. The Union believes that, opening of the highway and sustained surveillance will assist in addressing the issue of assaults on travellers and in bringing everlasting peace in addition to enhancing enterprise and different financial actions in Birnin – Gwari Native Authorities.”