A woman and her 14 –year- old son have been abducted by unknown gunmen at their residence in Juji area of Sabon Tasha, Chikun local government area of Kaduna state.
The incident was said to have occurred in the early hours of Tuesday when the bandits stormed the community and started shooting sporadically.
The bandits were said to have abducted the woman after they broke into their home. The 14- year- old son of the woman was said to have protested against the abduction of his mother and insisted that he must accompany her.
A resident of the area, who spoke on condition of anonymity in a telephone interview, said the kidnappers scaled the fence into the residence of their victims. He said after scaling the fence, the gunmen ordered the family to open the door, but nobody responded and they smashed one of the windows and used digger to break loose the burglaries.
He said the operation lasted for about 35 minutes, adding that nobody could dare the criminals because of the weapons they were carrying.
He said: “The kidnappers stormed Juji around midnight and headed to the residence of their victims. When they got into the compound by scaling the fence, they started knocking at the door and ordered the victims to open the door.
“But when nobody responded, they smashed one of the windows in an attempt to enter the room. The burglaries on the window was too strong, so they used digger to break them to enter the room. They took the woman and as they were going with her, her eldest son who is 14- years- old protested and insisted that he must follow his mother and they left with him.
“As I am speaking with you now, the kidnappers have not said anything and we are very worried since the incident took place over 24 hours ago.”
He said further that the incident was reported at the Sabon Tasha Divisional Police Station Tuesday morning and the police visited the scene of the incident and took pictures of the destruction. He lamented the spates of abduction in the area, saying another member of the community was kidnapped by gunmen last Thursday.
“We are living in fear and we are calling on government to protect us. We are also trying to come together as a community to see how we can protect ourselves from these criminals. But government need to live up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property of citizens,” he said.