Defence & Security

Terrorists continue attacks in Kaduna, threaten to kill 900, demand N30million

• Murder four, kidnap bride before wedding

By Paul Michael, Defence Editor, Abuja

The alarming rate of insecurity continues to increase across the country as terrorists launch more attacks, issue threats and demand ransom.

Sunday night, four residents of Angwar Bulus in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State were reportedly killed by terrorists who invaded the community while residents were sleeping.

Mr. Yohanna Magaji, a resident of the community told news men in Kaduna on Monday that the terrorists numbering over 100 stormed the community at midnight on Sunday, and started shooting sporadically. He narrated that the sound of gunshots woke residents, who started running to different directions for safety, The Trumpet gathered.

“The bandits came around 11.00 pm on Sunday night, and started shooting sporadically. The villagers who were fast asleep, suddenly woke up, after hearing the sound of gunshots. They started running, as they were all confused. Four persons were gunned down by stray bullets,” he said.

He further added that the dead persons were taken to the hospital morgue.

Magaji called on the security operatives to help safeguard the community, as bandits have visited the community for the fourth time since March.

This Is even as unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits reportedly abduct a bride identified as Tina Moses on Friday in Kaduna State, only 24 hours to her wedding.

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Tina and her fiancé, Elisha Koje, were set to wed on Saturday, April 16 in the Sanga Local Government Area of the state.

A statement on Facebook by her sister-in-law, Esther Attah Asheri, announced the kidnap of Tina, saying she was abducted while on her way to the salon to make her hair in Kaduna town.

She said, “My sister-in-law has been kidnapped in Kaduna town. Today (Saturday) was supposed to be our happy day as she would be walking down the aisle today but some people have chosen to make it a sad day for us all. Please join us pray for her safe return.”

Asheri further revealed that the kidnappers have contacted the family but are yet to demand ransom.

In recent months, Kaduna has been on the spotlight regarding unabated terror attacks which have led to killings and abduction of residents.

On March 28, a Kaduna-bound train was attacked by gunmen, which led to the death of eight people with several persons still missing. Some of the abducted persons are currently in the custody of the terrorists, who have threatened that the victims would be killed if government failed to do their bidding.

While the nation was yet to recover from that attack, 11 soldiers were killed in an attack by terrorists on a military base in Birnin Gwari LGA of Kaduna State few days later.

Prior to these attacks, Kaduna international Airport was attacked in broad day light leaving one staff dead as others run for safety.

Recall that the Kaduna State government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai earlier raised security alarm over planned terrorists attacks in the State.

According to a statement by Samuel Aruwan, the state commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, terrorists have planted Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) in some public places such as schools, hospitals, hotels, bars, entertainment centres, restaurants, parks, major roads and places of worship.

Aruwan said, “The Kaduna State government wishes to issue a crucial advisory to citizens across the state for alertness to the threat of explosive devices planted in public places by terrorists.

“Such public facilities include schools, hospitals, hotels, bars, entertainment centres, restaurants, parks, major roads and places of worship.”

Despite the alarm, which came ending of February, security agencies have been unable to contain the violent attacks on citizens of the State.

Meanwhile, a notorious terror gang leader simply identified as Nasanda, has demanded N30 minllion ransom from the Zamfara State government over the killing of his bride, her uncle and aunt by Yansakai men, thereby warning that failure of the government to comply within 14 days would lead to the killing of 900 persons.

In a recorded audio message currently in circulation on social media, Nasanda described the murder of his bride, her uncle and aunt as a deliberate attack on him, adding that the Yansakai men knew that they were related to him.

In the audio, the Nasanda said that he was realistic and not greedy in asking for the N30 million compensation, adding that if he was greedy, he would have demanded for N50 million for each of the people killed.

“If the State government fails to pay the compensation, I vow that it would lead to the killing of 300 community people.

“I cannot give months for the government to settle me, the 14 days would be enough to settle my demands. And we will not attack until when people are on their farms. If our Fulani people are not allowed to live in peace, we will also not allow others to live in peace.

“If the government can’t pay the N30 million demanded, the government should be ready to see me in action. I will kill 300 people to avenge the death of my bride and two of her relations. Yes, the lives of 900 will be in danger,” he warned.

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