At least 14 people have been kidnapped following an attack by bandits at Ungwan Matari within the Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Among the victims were a landlord and some of his tenants.
The bandits were said to have invaded the community which is adjoining Gbagyi villa towards Romi River at about 11 pm on Wednesday night.
Upon their arrival, the marauders started shooting sporadically, breaking fences and windows in a bid to gain access into the houses of the residents they kidnapped.
This attack is coming barely three days after over 121 students of Bethel Baptist School also in the Chikun local government area were abducted by bandits.
Although police authorities are yet to confirm the latest incident, the immediate past Chairman of the Chikun local government area, Samaila Leeman, told our correspondent, that a total of 14 members of the community were abducted by the kidnappers and taken away to an unknown destination.
He said the bandits upon arriving in the community, started shooting to scare the residents before they later moved to some houses and kidnapped certain persons.
The Inspector-General of Police, Alkali Baba, was also on the ground to assess the situation in Kaduna State.
He also paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai in the company of top police officers in the state.
Briefing reporters, the police boss said he was on a familiarization visit to the State Police Command, expressed optimism that the security challenges would be solved very soon.
“I’m on a courtesy call on the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai while on a familiarization call to the Command. The visit is to discuss issues relating to security and how we will go about it to make life easier for the law-abiding citizens of this state,” he said.
While noting that lack of manpower is a challenge, the IGP said efforts were being made to overcome the issue.