The town of Birnin Gwari in Kaduna State was thrown into chaos Saturday night when a new bride and 10 others were abducted at gunpoint by armed bandits in the area.
The incident reportedly occurred on the night of the wedding as the bride was being conveyed to her husband’s house by her friends and relatives.
Local residents say they were jolted when armed men emerged out of the blue and whisked the wedding contingent to an unknown destination.
The incident has been confirmed by a former chairman of the local government who said gunmen operate with impunity as nobody challenged them, Vanguard writes.
“They simply stopped a bus that was conveying the bride to her husband’s house with her relatives and friends numbering about 10.
“The incident took place about 55 kilometres from Birnin Gwari main town.
“It was learned that three of the people abducted, including a member of the bride’s entourage, escaped and returned to the town yesterday morning.
“The Funtua Road is now a danger zone because at any point they (bandits) can strike. They operate with impunity along that highway because it is bordering Birnin Gwari and Katsina.
“Our vigilantes need little support to engage these bandits. The government needs to mobilise the vigilantes and support them to enable them discharge their duties effectively,” he said.
In a similar development, two young men riding a motorcycle were on Friday abducted along Uduwa community in Birnin Gwari with their abductors demanding N3 million ransom.
Birnin Gwari has witnessed several attacks by armed bandits in recent times, including the tragic loss of 11 soldiers who were attacked at a military checkpoint.