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Kaduna State mass kidnapping indicates Nigerian security forces’ failure to assure freedom of movement and suppress banditry

17 May 2018


At least 100 people were kidnapped over a few days along the notorious Birnin Gwari to Kaduna road in Kaduna State.

Most were taken on the weekend of 12–13 May as bandits in military uniforms and armed with assault rifles established barricades and abducted everyone from at least 10 vehicles, including minibuses. A spokesperson for the Emir of Birnin Gwari told Agence France-Presse on 16 May that at least 100 were taken by raiders who took advantage of regular police anti-kidnapping squads routinely deployed along the road being diverted to supervise local government elections. Relatives of the victims said kidnappers had already begun to contact them to demand ransom payments.

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