Four members of the Anglican Church of Zaria Diocese in Kaduna state, have reportedly been kidnapped by suspected bandits along the Kachia-Kaduna Road in Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.
Channels TV reports that the incident was said to have occurred on Tuesday, April 6, when the bandits barricaded the road and opened fire on a bus said to belong to the church, and a truck carrying firewood.
The Archbishop of Anglican Church, Kaduna Province, Most Reverend Buba Lamido, said the bandits abducted four of the passengers, injured four others while the driver of the bus was shot dead. He noted that one of the injured persons have been discharged from the hospital while the remaining three were receiving treatment.
The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs in Kaduna, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement released, stated that eight people were killed during separate attacks in the area on Tuesday, April 6.
Aruwan said armed bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia Road around Kadanye village in Kajuru local government, and opened fire on a bus killing five persons and injuring three others.
He gave the names of the casualties as Alfred Makinde (the driver of the bus), Abdulrahman Dela, Dauda Adamu, Umar Dauda and Abdulrasheed Musa. He gave the names of the three persons who were injured, and are currently receiving treatment in the hospital as Murtala Ibrahim, Ali Manager and Abdullahi (full name unknown)
He said in a similar attack, armed bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Kachia road at the Doka axis of Kajuru LGA and shot at a truck, killing the driver. He added that in Kachia LGA, armed bandits invaded a herders settlement in Inlowo village, and killed one Ibrahim Alhaji Haruna, before carting away 180 cows. He also mentioned that at Akilbu village in Kachia LGA, armed bandits shot at a vehicle, injuring two persons, Mansur Ibrahim and Muhammadu Aminu. Mansur Ibrahim later died in hospital while Muhammadu Aminu continues to receive treatment.