In New Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State, eight people were kidnapped by bandits who broke into the Dan-Honu II neighborhood.
Among those taken hostage were a recently married couple; other victims were the village mosque’s Imam, his spouse, and three children, one of whom was a 10-month-old infant.
About ten robbers, one of whom was masked, broke into the neighborhood on Tuesday night at 8:50 p.m. with AK-47 rifles and other potentially lethal weapons. They were all dressed in black.
“A resident named Alhaji Mohammed managed to escape being kidnapped by the whiskers,” he said. “The bandits first selected the Imam and his family, whom they met outside the community Juma’at Mosque, then they went to a four-flat compound and selected the new couple.”
He clarified that the couple was able to escape via the shattered window after the bandits began hammering on Alhaji Mohammed’s door and breaking the glass.
As they were being brought out of the village and into the wilderness, the Imam, Malam Suleiman, and his neighbor, Malam Musa, who had been selected while they were lounging outside the mosque grounds with Arabian tea, managed to flee.
Similarly, the kidnappers left the new wife, who was rumored to have had surgery lately, in the jungle when she was unable to keep up with their rapid pace of bushwalking.
When the baby’s cry nearly alerted vigilantes in the Kakura area to the bandits’ presence, the Imam’s wife was also released.
Nevertheless, the criminals finally managed to kidnap the imam’s two children—the younger brother and 15-year-old Abba—as well as the new spouse, who was named as Ibrahim.
As of the time this report was filed, they had not yet established contact with the family.
AK-47 rifles with bullet chains were used by two of the seven bandits that kidnapped Imam Suleiman, according to his account of his experience at their hands. The other bandits’ weapons were sticks, machetes, and axes.
According to ASP Mansur Hassan, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), the police are now investigating the incident’s actual cause.