Gunmen kidnap mother of three in Bauchi – Daily Post Nigeria
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A woman, Mrs Rukayat Odedoyin, was in the early hours of Friday kidnapped from her residence at Birshin Fulani community on the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis located on the Bauchi-Dass road by some unknown gunmen.
This is even as some residents of the community trooped out on Friday morning to protest the deteriorating security situation in the community by blocking the Bauchi-Dass road as early as 7 am.
The kidnappers, who were said to be about 10 in number, were said to have stormed their victim’s house at about 12 am and broke the main door to access the house before they whisked her away and locked up her three children in the house.
DAILY POST learnt that Odedoyin’s husband was only recently transferred to Kaduna from his place of work.
A neighbour of the victim, who did not want to be named, told journalists that when the attackers arrived in the community, they fired sporadic gunshots to scare residents before they (attackers) jumped the fence into their victim’s house.
“At about 12 midnight, we started hearing sporadic gunshots from different directions around our house. We woke up and thought of having cover.
“We then heard people jumping the fence trying to gain entrance into the house of our neighbour. They were there from 12 midnight to 1.30 am.
“By the time we came out, they had left with the woman leaving behind her three children,” the neighbour said.
Another neighbour, who identified himself as Usman Baba, explained that the kidnappers came on motorbikes, adding that, “thereafter fired gunshots from different directions then later towards the house of the woman who was kidnapped.”
A colleague of the victim’s husband, Ade Aremu, said he was called by his colleague who told him that his family was in danger and asked him to check upon them.
“I was called by my colleague who is in Kaduna that his family was in danger, that I should go and see what the situation was. When I got there, I discovered that she had been kidnapped leaving behind the three kids,” Aremu said.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Sylvester Abiodun Alabi, told journalists at a briefing that information on the incident was still very sketchy and as such he could not comment on the kidnapping for now.
DAILY POST reports that the Burshin Fulani community was recently in the news when some gunmen killed a senior staff member of The Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Engineer Mohammed Garba Abubakar, injured one person who later died while receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBU), Bauchi and kidnapped another person.
In a related development, some residents of the Birshin Fulani community came out to protest the security situation in the community by blocking the Bauchi-Dass road.
The protesting residents, mostly women and youths carried branches of leaves chanted “Bamu yarda ba”! (meaning, “we don’t agree”), calling on the government at all levels to intervene by bringing security personnel to the community.
Protesters prevented motorists from going to or coming from Dass from moving for about one hour that the protest lasted.
A resident, Abdullahi, who spoke with journalists said that the protest was a result of the deteriorating security situation in the community, which he said used to be peaceful.
According to him, there had been incidents of attack on the community recently which made them felt unsafe.
“This area that has been peaceful for a very long time is now becoming unsafe for us. We have lived here for a long time without facing any security challenges, but these days, the incident is becoming alarming.
“Less than two weeks ago, gunmen stormed this area and attacked us. Two people, including senior staff of The Federal Polytechnic, were killed.
“After that, they moved from Birshin Fulani to Bayara which is just about one kilometre away from here and kidnapped some people there.
“As if that was not enough, the gunmen came back some days later to the same Birshin Fulani and attacked us again and kidnapped many other people.
“Our protest is to draw the state attention to the precarious situation we are in at the moment. We want the security agencies we have to secure our lives and properties,” he said.
However, community leaders were eventually able to appeal to the protesters to open the road so that commuters could have an easy passage through the community.
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