Breaking: Bandits Kidnap Two Journalists, Wives, Children In Kaduna

Bandits have reportedly abducted two journalists and their family members in the Danhonu community in Millennium city of Chikun local government area of Kaduna State.

NATURENEX learnt that the armed men stormed the community and raided the houses of the reporters of The Nation newspaper, AbdulGafar Alabelewe, and Blueprint Newspaper, AbdulRaheem Aodu, abducting their wives and children.

A family member of one of the victims, Taofeeq Olayemi, who confirmed the incident to Daily Trust, said the bandits stormed the community at about 10:30pm on Saturday and started shooting sporadically before carrying out their action.

He said they kidnapped Alabelewe, his wife and two of his children, while Aodu and his wife were kidnapped, leaving behind their sick daughter.

The family member said,  “Initially, they picked Alhaji Abdulgafar, his wife and three of his children and a girl staying with them before asking the girl to return back with one of the children, leaving with Abdulgafar, his wife and two children.”

“They shattered their doors, windows and removed their burglary after scaling the fence.”

Olayemi, a family member of Aodu, who lives close to the victims’ houses, added,” They came around 10:30pm on Saturday and started shooting sporadically. They first burst Aodu’s door open and picked him and his wife and left their sick daughter behind.

“Then, they entered Abdulgafar’s house through the fence and jumped into his house. They went straight into his bedroom and picked him, his wife and two of their kids. They left immediately, after which the vigilantes arrived and started shooting into the air.”

Meanwhile, at the time of filing this report, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Kaduna, ASP Mansir Hassan, has yet to issue any statement on the incident.


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