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Bandits block road, abduct over 26 travelers along Gusau-Sokoto highway

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In a distressing incident on Tuesday afternoon, bandits targeted travelers along the Gusau-Sokoto highway, kidnapping more than 26 individuals.

The perpetrators strategically blocked the road near Kwaren Kirya village, situated under the Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State.

The victims, comprising passengers from both a Toyota 18-seater bus and a Volkswagen Golf vehicle, fell prey to the audacious banditry. Sources reveal that this brazen criminal activity has become a daily occurrence, raising concerns among residents.

A local resident, speaking anonymously for security reasons said the alarming frequency of road blockades by the bandits.

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The resident stated, “As I’m talking to you now, about 30 minutes ago, these bandits have blocked another side of the road. They cleared the passengers of an 18-seater bus and a golf; the situation is worrisome because it has become an everyday thing for these people to be blocking the road.”

Expressing further apprehension, the source highlighted the presence of a village named Balge along the highway, suspected to harbor bandits. The resident appealed for government intervention, urging the deployment of security outposts in the area to curb criminal activities.

“There is a village when you pass that Kwaren Kirya called Balge; about 80% of settlers in that village are bandits,” the source emphasized. “We just need the government to help us and station military around the area.”

As of now, local police authorities in the state have not issued a statement regarding the latest incident, leaving residents and travelers anxiously awaiting official responses to address the escalating security challenges.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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