By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Eight persons were abducted when bandits stormed the Dan-Honu II Community in New Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
A new couple who got married last Saturday were among those abducted, while the Imam of the community mosque, his wife, and three children, including a 10-month-old baby were also among others that were abducted.
A source told New Nigerian that the bandits stormed the community around 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday night, numbering about 10, with AK47 rifles and others with dangerous weapons, they were said to be clad in black, with one of them masked.
He explained, “A resident of the area who is known as Alhaji Mohammed, escaped the abduction by the whiskers, the bandits started by picking the Imam and his family, whom they met outside the community Juma’at Mosque, before proceeding to a four-flat compound where they picked the new couple.”
He explained that the bandits started banging on the door of Alhaji Mohammed and on gaining entrance into the apartment, the bandits tried to open the door, but they could not open it, adding that they brought the couple out through the broken window and injured the husband, and blood was dripping out of his body.
Meanwhile, the Imam, Malam Suleiman, and his neighbour, Malam Musa, who was picked while they were relaxing with Arabian tea outside the mosque premises, escaped while they were being led out of the community into the bush.
Similarly, the new bride, who was said to have gone through surgery recently, was abandoned in the bush by the kidnappers when she could not cope with the pace of their trekking in the bush. Imam’s wife was also let go when her baby’s cry almost exposed the bandits to vigilantes around Kakura.
The bandits eventually succeeded in going away with the new groom, identified as Ibrahim, and two of the imam’s children (15-year-old Abba and his younger brother) as they were yet to establish contact with the family as of the time of filing this report.
Imam Suleiman, while narrating his ordeal in the hands of the bandits, said two of the seven bandits who abducted them were armed with AK47 rifles with chains of bullets, while others carried axes, machetes, and sticks.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of Kaduna Command, ASP Mansur Hassan, when contacted said the police are still trying to establish the true account of the incident.