A group of alleged terrorists has, according to reports, abducted four buses’ worth of passengers on their way along the Kiyaya-Kititi road of Kaduna state. The abductees were snatched on the 3rd of December and as of the time of writing were yet to be rescued or returned to their families.
Shortly after the mass kidnapping, calls started arriving to the families of the victims, with the perpetrators demanding release sums ranging from N10 million to a little over N50 million. Interestingly, a nursing mother and her baby were reportedly voluntarily released by kidnappers ten days after Four abductions but tragically, two of three would-be escapees were killed in the attempt.
In a further twist, sources have indicated that not all family members of the kidnapped passengers have been contacted and that furthermore, the abductees were carefully selected from each of the attacked vehicles.
This incident is only the latest in a rash of attacks and kidnappings that have hit the state as a Catholic priest’s home in Idon was invaded in November and several communities in Birnin Gwari local government area were assaulted and brutalized in September.
As of the time of writing, police as well as other relevant security agencies are yet to make statements on the attack.