Gunmen kill soldier, abduct housewife, 8 children in Kaduna

NEWS DIGEST – Gunmen on Monday attacked the residence of a lecturer with the Kaduna State University, Dr Ahmed Buba, in Zaria Local Government Area Kaduna State.

The gunmen also shot a soldier, Ebuka Okechukwu, dead and kidnapped six children of the lecturer.

The soldier died of gunshot wounds in a hospital.

They abducted Rabi Isya, Dr Buba’s neighbour’s wife and two of her children.

The bandits were, however, intercepted on Tuesday.

A highly reliable source said the bandits numbered about 30 were armed
with sophisticated weapons with which they shot sporadically into the air as they attacked the community.

“The joint personnel of Kaduna State Vigilance Service, the military and the police swiftly responded to a distress call.

“On sighting the security personnel, the bandits opened fire and in the process killed the soldier,’’ the source said.

Haruna Shika, a resident of the area, said the six kidnapped children were rescued at Kasuwan Da’a in Zaria Local Government Area.

Reacting to the incident on Tuesday, Lt. Joy Abah, Acting Assistant Director, Army Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Army Depot, Zaria, said the information on the death of the soldier had not reached her.

All-day-long attempts to get the police to react were abortive as police spokesman in the state refused to respond to calls and to text messages.