Suspected gunmen have abducted 44 passengers along the Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna highway in Kaduna state.Witnesses say that the victims were kidnapped on two different occasions, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, May 22 and 23, 2018. The female victims were alleged to have been stripped before being taken inside the bush. In the Wednesday incident, 21 people said to be traveling in three Golf vehicles from Birnin-Gwari to Kano were abducted.
On Tuesday, a Sharon bus said to be conveying 17 passengers and six other people in a trailer and a tanker were abducted on the highway. According to Danladi Duniya, chairman of the taxi section of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in Birnin Gwari, while confirming the development to journalists on Wednesday said villagers had seen clothes belonging to female passengers in the cars at the scene of the abduction. He said that:
“They probably stripped the women among them of their clothes before taking them away but up till now nobody has contacted us”.The Kaduna state police command is yet to confirm the development. Birnin-Gwari has been under series of attacks by bandits and armed robbers recently. On Sunday, May 20, 2018, three housewives were abducted when gunmen invaded Maganda village in the local government area. The attacks are being carried out despite the military base recently inaugurated in the area.