*Mr. Frank Mbah, Police Image Maker
Gunmen in the early hours of yesterday invaded Gbagyi Villa in the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing a promising polytechnic student and kidnapping two others. The incident, we gathered took place between 1a.m. and 2a.m., according to an eyewitness. It was also understood that abducted by the hoodlums were a man and his wife.
The attack came as a big surprise because Kaduna State, whose governor, Mallam Nasir El’Rufai who is one of the high-profile Nigerians that is battling with the dreaded Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had ordered the state on lockdown. The order was to restrict movement of people in the state thereby helping to curtail the spread of disease in the state.
An eyewitness, who recounted the unbecoming attitude of the police said the residents alerted the police when the incident occurred, adding, “When the police arrived at the scene, they got another distressed call from a nearby community so they left immediately.” It was also gathered that a National Diploma student in Zamfara State, who came out on hearing the cry of the couple, was shot dead by the gunmen.
Chairman of the Vigilance Group in Gbagyi Villa, Emmanuel Martins, confirmed the incident, describing it as disturbing and unfortunate. The Chairman Gbagyi Villa Property Owners Association, Mr Chris Obodumu, appealed to the government to beef up security around communities in the state.
According to him, “The gunmen in large numbers broke into the home of the couple, Mr and Mrs. Jack Uwenke and abducted them. They left their children crying. A National Diploma student at Kaura Namoda Polytechnic, Gusau, Zamfara State, Stephen Sebastin, who was a neighbour to the abducted couple, came out on hearing noises to help but was shot dead in the process.” There was no police reaction at the time of this report.