Suspected kidnappers on Friday abducted seven persons, including five members of a family in Barakallahu, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis, along Kaduna-Zaria road, in Igabi local government area of the state.
The bandits invaded the community, opposite the National Teachers Institute at about 1:30am on Friday, shooting sporadically and broke into a house, where they picked a woman and her four children.
Speaking after the sad incident, a family head, Malam Abdulsalam Haruna, said the bandits broke into his house and abducted his wife and four children, two of whom are students of the Federal University Malumfashi, Katsina state.
He said the hoodlums also abducted two of his neighbour’s children, and broke into two other houses including that of a retired director in the Kaduna state Ministry of Education, but did not abduct anybody or take anything.
“The incident happened at about 1:30 am. They broke my gate and came into my compound. They broke the door to my house and ordered everybody to follow them.
“They went away with my wife and four of my children, two of whom are students of the Federal University Malumfashi, Katsina state.
“They also attacked my neighbour and went away with two of his children. Two other houses, including that of a retired director in the Kaduna state Ministry of Education, were also attacked, but they did not kidnap anybody or carry anything there.
“We alerted the security personnel but by the time they arrived the bandits had escaped with the victims,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Muhammad Jalige, did not pick calls put across to him to confirm the incident.