Two farmers were kidnapped near Unguwar Barde hamlet on the Kaduna-Abuja route. The tragedy occurred on a Wednesday afternoon while the locals were cleaning the land in preparation for the next farming season.
Wada and Idi, both married and with children, were the two victims.
The bandits called to notify the local officials that the two farmers were in their possession, according to one of the village leaders, Mr Barde.
“We’re quite concerned since the two adult guys went to the property to clean it up in preparation for farming season when the robbers showed up and took them.”
“The majority of us here are impoverished, which is why we avoided going deep into the jungle to cultivate,” he explained, “yet they still hunt our people.”
Even though the robbers have not yet demanded a ransom, he claims that the entire hamlet is confused and afraid.
When contacted, ASP Mohammed Jalige, the State Police Command Public Relations Officer, requested the specific location of the kidnapping and promised to return, but had not done so as of the time of posting this report.
Meanwhile, seven passengers on board the Benue Links, a state-owned transport vehicle, have been abducted.
They were taken a week after six other passengers on board the Benue Links were kidnapped at Ochadamu, Kogi, on their way to Lagos.
Their kidnappers are believed to have begun negotiations with the victims’ relatives, asking N5 million apiece from a pastor and his son.
Mrs Hannah Orhena, the abducted pastor’s wife, informed newsmen that her husband and son, as well as five other people, were kidnapped on Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Kabba region of Kogi State.
“On Tuesday at around 3 p.m., my husband and son, together with five others, boarded Benue Links bound for Lagos, but they were abducted between Kabba and Ahiere.”
“The kidnappers contacted me between 10 and 11 p.m. on Thursday night and wanted N5 million, but I negotiated for N500,000, which they refused and told me to find someone who could speak Hausa. My spouse and son approached me and chatted with me.
“They (abductors) said they were from Zamfara and had a boss in Abuja,” I said. “My husband pastors at Jesus Prophetical and Apostolic Church aka Jesus Family located at North Bank in Makurdi,” the woman said, “and I only negotiated for my family since it’s everyone to himself.”
Mrs Monica Ugela, the General Manager of Benue Links, informed media that she was unaware of the occurrence.