Sixteen people have been reportedly abducted in yet another attack on Angwa Pa community in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
A resident of the area said the incident occurred at about 7:30 pm on Monday, December 26, 2022.
The incident occurred barely 24 hours after Christmas Day’s attack on Angwan Aku, also in Kajuru LGA, where one person was killed and 45 others abducted.
The resident of the village said that the bandits invaded the community at about 7pm and surrounded the village.
He said 53 people were abducted but 37 of them escaped and returned home yesterday morning, leaving 16 others in captivity.
According to him, small villages that are sparsely populated are now the targets of the bandits.
“We didn’t expect that the bandits will attack Angwan Pa because, after the attack on Anguwan Aku on Sunday, soldiers were deployed to condone the area,” he said.
“The bandits came around 7:30pm Monday and surrounded the village. They usually come in very large numbers and well armed. They will just sneak into a community, before you knew it, they had surrounded everywhere.
“If you run, they will shoot you and kill you. They don’t usually enter big communities that are densely populated.
“They target small and remote villages that are sparsely populated. They dare not enter big villages because they are also afraid of their lives. Many rural communities in Kajuru are living in perpetual fear.”
Four of the victims kidnapped have been identified as Veronica Elisha, Thankgod Elisha, Sunday Alhaji, and Matan Sunday Alhaji.
Meanwhile, some villagers who were kidnapped by bandits in Dogon Noma community, Maro ward in Kajuru, have regained freedom after three weeks in captivity.
A community leader, Istifanus Egoh, confirmed the development on Tuesday, December 27, 2022.
“Glory be to God. The people that were kidnap on 7/12/2022.at dogon_noma community (ugwan gamu) maro ward in kajuru local government have regained freedom today 27/12/2022. But with the sad news one of them was killed in captivity. We pray for his soul to rest in peace. Amen,” he wrote.