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Anxiety as gunmen kidnap students, travellers, burn vehicles in Birnin-Gwari



By Enekorogha Godbless

Suspected bandits have abducted students and burnt about eight vehicles conveying Students into the school of health at Makarfi for admission.

Congress Nigeria gathered that, other travellers along the Birnin-Gwari highway were also abducted with the students.

A source who pleaded on the condition anonymity maintained that the vehicles been set ablaze by the Bandits were conveying students to their examination for admission into the School of Health at Makarfi, scheduled for Kaduna State University.

Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) unveiled in a statement issued by the Public Relations Officer (PRO), Idris Saidu, the bandits laid siege on three different locations on the highway, forcing motorists to make u-turn.

He added “Those who were not lucky fell into the trap set by the bandits and were subsequently abducted.

“Scores of travellers and students who were to write examinations for admission into School of Health, Makarfi, affiliated to Kaduna State university were abducted.

“One of our officials, Abubakar Haruna Babajo, who escaped, said eight vehicles were set ablaze by the bandits after abducting all the passengers and they were able to escape by Allah’s Will.”

However, the Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU) had cautioned intending travellers to suspend their journey or use other possible alternative routes, saying a numerous number of bandits were currently stationed at about three locations on the highway.

In other to protect lives and properties in the area the Birnin Gwari Emirate Progressive Union (BEPU), aslo warned that the advice shouldn’t be taken for granted.

“Through the intervention of Malam Mu’azu Idris, the school authorities have agreed to reschedule the exams for another date.

‘ We call on the local government and especially political leaders and representatives to draw the attention of higher authorities on the deteriorating security situation along our major roads and rural communities which are currently being taken over by bandits and other terrorist groups dislodged in other parts of the country and beyond.” the Union stated.