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Gunmen abduct 17 family members in Kaduna

One of the victims that escaped being abducted but was shot at, by the kidnappers. Photo/Adamu Yusuf RN

17 members of same family members have been abducted in Kaduna.

They were carried away at gunpoint, while working on their farm in Udawa village, Chikun local government area.

Head of the clan, Ayuba Jakuta said the gunmen invaded the farm around 7 in the morning on Saturday and abducted 17 members of his family.

Among the 17 are 3 women, including a nursing mother.

He said four other relations, escaped, but sustained gunshots injuries when the gunmen opened fire on them.

“One was shot in the mouth and a woman was shot in the chest.”

Mr Jakuta said villagers are afraid to work on their farms due to high rate of abductions in the area.

He said working on farms closer to their houses was not sustainable because of inadequate arable lands.

“This is what we eat to survive as there’s no food. We have food scarcity in the village and surrounding villages,” he said.

He said both the police and soldiers had since arrived at the village.

PPRO of Kaduna Police Command, Muhammad Jalige said they are yet to be briefed by the Divisional Police Officer. He, however, promised to get back as soon as they get the full details of the incident.

Insecurity in Kaduna has been in the front burner.

The state has hosted northern traditional rulers to proffer solutions to the situation in the state and the larger northern region.

Adamu Yusuf

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