Bandits kidnap two journalists, wives, children in Kaduna

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Two journalists have been kidnapped by bandits in Danhonu community in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The bandits attacked the community on Saturday night and abducted two journalists and their families.

The victims, Alhaji AbdulGafar Alabelewe and AbdulRaheem Aodu, are reporters for The Nation and Blueprint Newspapers, respectively, in Kaduna State.

Alabelewe, the current chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Kaduna State Council, was taken alongside his wife and two children.

Aodu and his wife were also kidnapped, leaving behind their sick daughter.

Disclosing this, Taofeeq Olayemi, a family member of one of the victims, said the bandits stormed the community at about 10:30 pm, shooting sporadically before the abduction.

The bandits initially took Alabelewe, his wife, three children, and a guest, but later released the girl and one of the children.

They then forced Aodu’s door open, taking him and his wife, while leaving their sick daughter behind.

“Then, they entered Abdulgafar’s house through the fence.

“They went straight into his bedroom and picked him, his wife and two of their kids and left immediately, after which the vigilantes arrived and started shooting into the air,” he said.

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