On Monday afternoon, kidnappers blocked the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, forcing several motorists to abandon their vehicles and head for nearby bushes to avoid being abducted.
The development has left many motorists and passengers unaccounted for, just as their belongings were stolen by the kidnappers. A journalist who narrowly escaped the attack reports that the incident happened a few kilometres to Katari village in Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State at about 3.30pm.
Hundreds of motorists traveling from Kaduna to Abuja, as well as those going the other way, found themselves stranded for more than 40 minutes as both lanes of the expressway were blocked by cars hastily abandoned by their owners.
The bandits however left the scene of the incident and moved into the bush with some of their victims before the arrival of some security men, who later cleared the road for the motorists to continue on their journeys.
Commenting on the incident, owner of the popular Shagalinku Restaurant in Abuja, Umar Shagalinku, lauded the prompt intervention of the security personnel. He, however, called on relevant security authorities to use modern technology, including helicopters, to track kidnappers.
“I have been hearing about this robbery and kidnapping along Kaduna–Abuja road, but today, I witnessed it. This is terrible and ungodly. I sincerely pray that authorities concerned will do something about these criminals so that motorists will feel safe while plying this important road,” he said.