Security operatives in Kaduna state are on the trail of the armed bandits who abducted the Emir of Kajuru, along with 13 of his family members.
According to reports, the bandits numbering over 200 stormed the palace, firing gunshots, in the early hours of Sunday, before taking away the second-class monarch, three women, two of his grand children, three of his aides and five others.
Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, said a combined team of security operatives have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.
“The Kaduna Police Command, through the Divisional Police Officer, Kajuru, Kaduna, is in receipt of an unfortunate report on the kidnap of the Chief of Kajuru, Alhaji Alhassan Adamu, in the early hours of today, July 11, 2021.
“The incident occurred around 2.34am when armed bandits in large numbers invaded Kajuru town, shot indiscriminately and gained access into the chief’s residence, where they abducted him and 10 members of his immediate family to an unknown destination.
“Notwithstanding, the joint patrol of the Police Mobile Force, conventional police and the Nigerian Army attached to the Kajuru LGA are currently engaged in search and rescue mission around the forest for a possible rescue of the victims, while the IGP’s tactical units have been contacted for technical support,” Jalige said in a statement.
The police spokesman also urged members of the public to remain calm and “always support the police and other security agencies with credible information that will enable them curtail any possible attack on innocent citizens before it happens.”