Bandits Storm Kaduna Community, Kidnap Journalists, Wives and Children

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Bandits attacked Danhonu community, Millennium City, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Saturday night, and abducted two journalists and their families.

POLITICS NIGERIA reports that the victims, Alhaji AbdulGafar Alabelewe and AbdulRaheem Aodu, are reporters for The Nation and Blueprint Newspapers 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.

According to Taofeeq Olayemi, a family member of one of the victims, the bandits stormed the community around 10:30 pm, shooting sporadically before carrying out the kidnappings. They shattered doors and windows, scaled fences, and removed burglary bars to gain access to the homes.

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 and jumped into his house. 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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