Armed bandits have kidnapped 23 travellers in the troubled Birnin-Gwari area of Kaduna State, a witness has said.
The victims include a nursing mother and a kid, Mr Mohammed Kebi told our correspondent.
Kebi, a commercial driver who escaped the scene of the kidnapping, said five vehicles were intercepted during the abduction on Friday morning.
“At least five vehicles were intercepted by Kidnappers along Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna road around 11.00am this morning Friday. At least 23 people were kidnapped, including a nursing mother and one other kid.
“The incident occurred at Kwanar-tsauni between Udawa and Labi.
“Though there is improved security along Funtua route which many commercial vehicles ply, we want the government to also provide maximum security to other routes that are haven of Kidnappers,” he said.
Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State has witnessed killings of scores of people and kidnapping of several others by armed bandits. Several houses have also been burnt.
Nigerian Army has since set up a battalion in the Kaduna local government to check the security situation.