Gunmen abduct 3 housewives in Nigeria’s troubled Birnin-Gwari area where 162 have been murdered this year Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 2, 2021


A week after the Nigerian chief of Army staff, Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, gave soldiers stationed in the Birnin-Gwari axis of Kaduna state, north central Nigeria, broad power to “flush out” armed bandits terrorizing and killing people in the area, three housewives were abducted in Maganda village in the early hours of Saturday.

Maganda village is also located in Birnin-Gwari where local media say at least 162 people have been either shot dead or stabbed to death in the past five months. At least 11 soldiers were among the dead.

PRNigeria newswire quoted top a member of Birnin-Gwari Vanguards for Security and Good Governance, as saying that the armed bandits arrived in the middle of the night on Saturday to attack the Maganda village.

“Last night around 1.30 am, some armed bandits invaded Maganda community and started shooting sporadically. After a while they invaded the residence of Alhaji Adamu Nakwalla and abducted three wives. They later released one of the wives with a telephone number to contact them,” he said.

“Before the incident, they had sent a warning message to the people in the community that they would come soon.

“No life was lost but a young man in the community sustained bullet injury

“As at the time of the attack, there was neither security post nor security personnel in Maganda. In fact, we have no single police post in the area.”

Between January and May, many communities in Birnin Gwari local government of Kaduna State have come under attacks by armed bandits.

Recent media reports indicate that the attackers appear to pick villages at random, as there appears to be no pointer as to what informs their choice.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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