Emir of Kajuru, family members, others kidnapped

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*Shehu Sani laments state of insecurity in Kaduna

By Bamidele Lawson, with Agency report

Suspected bandits have abducted Alhassan Adamu, the Emir of Kajuru, in Kajuru LGA of Kaduna state.

Mohammed Jalige, spokesman of Kaduna state police command, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday that the incident happened in the early hours of the day.

It was gathered that the bandits numbering over 200 stormed the emirate, firing gunshots, before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and taking him and 13 members of his family away.

Three women, two of his grandchildren, three of his aides and five others were abducted.

Jalige said the second class traditional ruler and the other victims were kidnapped at his residence.

He said that a combined team comprising members of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of  Operation Puff Adder and Anti-kidnapping squad of the Kaduna state police command have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.

The abduction is the latest in the LGA, which is 30 kilometres away from the state capital, and has become notorious for kidnappings.

This is the latest in a series of attacks in the state after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist school in Chikun LGA.

Meanwhile, former Senator and human rights activist, Senator Sheu Sani has lamented the state of insecurity in Kaduna State.

Shortly after the Emir of Kajuru and others were abducted,  Sheu Sani tweeted, “The Emir of Kajuru, 20 minutes drive from Kaduna and twelve of his family members were forcefully kidnapped yesternight. The Bandits operated freely for one hour in the town. In my Kaduna state nowadays is no more about who is safe but who is the next victim.”

On a Facebook post minutes after his tweet, the former Senator from Kaduna Central Senatorial District, lamented, “The kidnapping of the Emir of Kajuru and his family members is tragic and unfortunate. If an Emir is not safe no one else is safe. I call on all security agencies to take an immediate action and ensure his safety and safe return. My thoughts and prayers.”

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