Again, armed bandits have attacked Ungwan Maje and Ungwan Laka villages in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing a police officer and abducting 23 others.
It was gathered that the bandits attacked the villages in the early hours of Wednesday and opened fire on the residents who were still at sleep.
According to reports, the gunmen first attacked Ungwan Maje village where they abducted 16 persons, said to be majorly women and children.
Also, the bandits were said to have later proceeded to the Ungwan Laka community where they killed a mobile police officer identified as Joshua Markus, who was said to be on a visit to his family from the Rivers State Command where he was serving.
It was gathered that the bandits, thereafter, kidnapped the wife and daughter of the slain police officer.
The incident was confirmed by the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige.
According to Jalige, security operatives are already trailing the bandits to arrest them and rescue the kidnapped victims.
Ripples Nigeria has reported that the spate of insecurity in Kaduna State caused by bandits, who attack villages and kidnap residents for ransom, has been on the rise.
Bandits had in the early hours of July 10, kidnapped the Emir of Kajuru, Alhassan Adamu, and 10 others Kajuru town, headquarters of Kajuru Local Government Area of the state.
Also, the bandits on August 26; kidnapped four persons in Zangon Shanu and Unguwar Liman in the Sabon Gari Local Government Area of Zazzau Emirate in the state.
The bandits had also in the past kidnapped hundreds of school children in the state and demanded ransoms, however, the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai had vowed never to bargain with bandits or pay them ransoms, saying it would only encourage them to continue their criminal acts.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
SPECIAL REPORT: Illegal miners degrade Ekiti community, engage in child labour
The activities of illegal miners in a community in Ekiti State have caused degradation of the environment, as miners engage...
SPECIAL REPORT: Inside the illegal trading of forest woods in Cross River community
“With a N20,000 bribe, an external buyer can influence the youth in host communities , Cross River State, to cut...
SPECIAL REPORT: Enugu govt watches as waste takes over state, threatens public health, environment
In this report, Arinze Chijioke looks at how delays in evacuation of waste in Enugu State encourages indiscriminate waste disposal, its health implications, and how...
INVESTIGATION: NDDC awards N1bn road contract to poultry farm
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in what appears a breach of procurement laws, awarded a contract worth N1.028 billion...
FEATURE… Hard job, low income: Agony of Nigerian commercial drivers
Amid increase in fuel price over the years, coupled with bad roads and insecurity in Nigeria, many commercial drivers have...