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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 9 September 2021

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Bandits kill mobile police officer, abduct 23 in Kaduna

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A mobile police inspector has been killed by bandits while 23 people were abducted following attacks on Ungwan Maje and Ungwan Laka communities in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

The incident, according to eye witness, occurred in the early hours of Wednesday when the heavily armed bandits raided the communities.

They were said to be shooting sporadically as the villagers ran for their dear lives.

An eyewitness said: “The bandits first attacked Ungwan Maje, where they abducted 16 persons, majority of them women and children.

“The bandits later attacked Ungwan Laka, where the Mobile Police Inspector, Joshua Markus, who came to visit his family from Rivers State was killed.

“The bandits abducted seven persons, including the wife and daughter of the deceased policeman.”

A retired military personnel, resident in the community, was said to have narrowly escaped with his family, however, his car and motorcycle were said to have been burnt by the hoodlums.

The corpse of the police inspector was said to have been deposited at the Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital, Kaduna.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammad Jalige, said he was not aware of the incident but promised to make his findings and get back.

At the time of filing this report, he was yet to get back.

Kaduna is among the states in the northwest facing serious security challenges, with rampant cases of killings and abductions almost on a daily basis.