Armed bandits numbering about 15 have kidnapped over 20 people and killed one person at Danbushiya Area of Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
An eye witness told The Nation that, the gunmen stormed the area around 9:30pm on Sunday and picked their victims on the road around the bridge linking Danbushiya and Keke community.
The eyewitness, who identified himself as Malam Danlami Isah said, the gunmen suspected to be kidnappers disguised as security personnel to carry out the evil act.
According to the septuagenarian Isah, “As you can see, this is my stall, I sell traditional medicine here. I have been here for the past nine years, when this area was not even this developed, but I can tell you, I have never seen this type of evil before.
“Because of these street lights, I sometimes close late from here. But that day, I closed after the 8:00pm prayer, I was in front of my house, see the house over there. All of a sudden, around 9:30pm, I saw people in military and police uniforms. They stayed just by that bridge, and started checking vehicles, motorcycles and even pedestrians.
“When they started, they allowed some people pass and stopped others. I don’t know why they allowed some people go and stopped others, but I later gathered that, they pretended to be checking compliance with use of facemask.
“But, I started suspecting that, they were fake security personnel when, they started shouting at a motorist to come out of his car and lie down and they started stepping on him. At that point, they were stopping everyone that came to pass, they were no longer selecting, maybe they had realised that, people had suspected that, they are kidnappers.
“Then, they started marching people into that uncompleted building, while the rest of them waited on the road to pick more people that was when they started shooting. At that, point, I had to go into hiding. They were many, they were up to 15, with big guns in their hands like those of police,” Malam Isah said.
He pointed out that, security personnel did not come on time. “Even when they were coming, they were blaring siren from afar. So, the case bandits left before security arrived.”
Malam Isah said, one of the captives escaped while they were marching them to the uncompleted building, but unfortunately, another man who attempted to do same was killed on the spot.
Another resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said he escaped the incident because he stopped on the road to buy things for his children.
According to him, “after buying things for my children at a store in the town, then someone called to inform me of what was going on in the community. Then, I was coming on my bike with caution, until I got to Danbushiya junction, then, I saw many people parked by the road side, then I joined them. We were there for more than 30 minutes before the road became clear.
“When, I got to the scene, I saw many cars abandoned. I saw one of my friend’s car too, so I thought he was kidnapped too. Then, I called him, he picked and told me that, he parked his car when he saw checkpoint. That, he decided to drop to check work progress at a site he was supervising close to the scene, and he was there until he started hearing gunshots, then he ran for his life,” he said.
When contacted to find out whether there has been any arrest in connection with the incident, Kaduna State Police Command’s PPRO, ASP Mohammed Jalige promised to contact the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Millennium City and get back to our Correspondent.