Armed bandits on Sunday intercepted five vehicles at Tashar Tsuntsaye near Kiriga in Birnin Gwari-Kaduna highway and shepherded all the occupants into the bush.
A statement by Ibrahim Nagwari, the chairman of Birnin-Gwari Vanguard for Security and Good Governance, said the incident occurred at 10:30am today.
Mr Nagwari added that the attackers abducted a driver and passengers of a Volkswagen Golf as well as occupants of four haulage vehicles.
“This incident comes barely ten hours after the arrest of fake army officer by our son and a captain in the Nigerian Army currently on holiday after his assignment at Sambisa forest.
“We are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Birnin-Gwari until all terrorists in the Armed bandits are subdued and degraded”.
“While urging our people to remain calm, we hereby issue a 48-hour ultimatum to the army to inform the general public the true identity of the fake army colonel and his collaborators in Birnin-Gwari no matter how highly placed they are in our community.
“We also urged the government of Kaduna State to show the world that they are concerned about the deteriorating security situation in Birnin-Gwari by a simple statement that will calm the nerves of our people they abandoned since after the massacre of 76 people at Gwaska.
“As we await response of all authorities concerned, we once again urged the peaceful people of Birnin-Gwari that are surviving without peace and security to remain calm and not take laws into their hands,” Mr Nagwari said in the statement.
Spokesman for Kaduna Police Command, Yakubu Sabo, confirmed the incident, saying the police were mobilised to search the general area.
“Apart from mobile policemen that quickly moved to the area, the command’s anti-kidnapping unit has been directed by the commissioner of police to promptly comb the area and rescue the victims,” Mr Sabo said.