Gunmen Kidnap 87 People in Nigeria Following Recent School Abduction

Gunmen Kidnap 87 People in Nigeria Following Recent School Abduction

Gunmen in Nigeria have struck again, kidnapping at least 87 individuals in the Kajuru area of Kaduna state. This incident comes just days after an armed gang seized 286 students and staff from a school in the same region. The victims of the latest attack include women and children, as confirmed by local officials on Monday.

Bandits, known for their routine looting of villages and mass kidnappings for ransom, continue to wreak havoc in northwest and north-central Nigeria. The violence has resulted in the displacement of approximately one million people, according to the United Nations. Despite the frequency of these attacks, authorities have struggled to effectively address the situation, placing President Bola Ahmed Tinubu under immense pressure.

Kaduna police spokesperson Mansur Hassan stated that the Kajuru incident occurred on Sunday night, with security agents now deployed to rescue the abducted villagers. Eyewitnesses reported that the armed men, dressed in army uniforms, managed to enter the village undetected by parking their motorbikes away from sight.

Village head Tanko Wada Sarkin revealed that this was the fifth attack on their community by these bandits. He confirmed that 87 people were taken, while five individuals managed to escape and return home. Another resident, Aruwa Ya’u, shared his experience of being captured but later released due to his poor health, which hindered his ability to walk. He is currently receiving treatment at a local government clinic.

Haruna Atiku, who lost his wife and two daughters in the attack, recounted the terrifying moment when the bandits appeared, beating and shooting at the villagers. This incident follows the kidnapping of 16 people in the nearby Dogon Noma area just two days prior.

The recent wave of kidnappings in Nigeria has its roots in the tactics initially employed by the Boko Haram group, which infamously abducted over 200 students from a girls’ school in Chibok a decade ago. However, criminal gangs without ideological affiliations have since adopted this strategy, primarily driven by the pursuit of ransom payments.

Negotiations with authorities often lead to the release of kidnapping victims, although a 2022 law prohibits the payment of ransoms, and officials deny engaging in such transactions. Nevertheless, these abductions continue to tear apart families and communities, forcing them to exhaust their savings and sell valuable assets like land, cattle, and grain to secure the safe return of their loved ones.

According to Nigerian risk consultancy SBM Intelligence, a staggering 4,777 people have been abducted since President Tinubu assumed office in May.

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1 Response

  1. This is truly heartbreaking news. The continuous acts of violence and kidnappings in Nigeria are deeply concerning. It’s important to raise awareness about these issues and support those affected. I will definitely share this post on my social media platforms to help spread the word and encourage others to take action. Together, we can make a difference and bring attention to these atrocities. #Nigeria #EndViolence

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