Despite lockdown, gunmen attack 2 Kaduna communities, kill 1, kidnap couple

Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have killed one person and abducted a couple in Gbagyi Villa community, while another suspected kidnappers attacked Danhonu II community, in Millennium City, but were repelled by the community and vigilante group.

The two incidents took place in the late hours of Thursday in Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.

Chairman of Gbagyi Villa Property owners Association, Mr Chris Obudumu, described the incident as unfortunate while calling on government to beef up security around communities in the state.

Mr Obudumu who narrated the incident said that the kidnappers, who came in large numbers, broke through the window of Mr and Mrs Jack Uwenke’s house and kidnapped them while leaving the children crying.

He said Mr Stephen Sabastian, a national diploma student of Kaura Namoda Polytechnic, Gusau and neighbour to the kidnapped, on hearing the cry and shout came out to help but was shot dead in the process.

Obudumu however urged the state government to re-energize its strategy to curtail kidnapping and other social vices especially as the Covid-19 lockdown bites harder on the pockets of citizens leading to increase in crimes and criminality.

At Danhonu II, Millennium City, a member of the community whose house was targeted in the attack narrated that, the gunmen, who came on bike were about to break into his house, but for the quick intervention of the community vigilante and members of the community who repelled the attack and forced the suspected kidnappers to retreat.

Meanwhile, Chairman of Danhonu II Residents’ Association, Mr Akoh Salifu, called on the Kaduna state government and security agencies in particular to pay special attention to developing areas like Danhonu II and the entire Millennium City, Kaduna.

Mr Akoh explained that, the Thursday incident was the third attack on two communities of Ungwan Ma’aji and Danhonu II, Millennium City, in the last two weeks.

Blueprint recalls that a police Inspector, a polytechnic lecturer and 10 others were kidnapped at Ungwan Ma’aji in the first two attacks.

Meanwhile, efforts made to seek the reaction of Kaduna State Police Command’s PPRO, ASP Mohammed Jalige proved abortive as he did not respond to calls put across to him.

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