Bandits have abducted babies, female nurses and security guards from the residential quarters of the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Centre (NTLC) in Zaria, Kaduna State.
It was learned that the gunmen invaded the residential quarter from a nearby forest, engaged policemen in a gun battle before they escaped with their victims.
However, the actual number of persons kidnapped from the residential quarter by the gunmen is not clear as at the time of filing in this story.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, told PRNigeria that Nigerian troops have intensified efforts to rescue the victims.
According to Aruwan, the bandits killed their victims in Chikun, Kajuru, and Giwa Local Government Areas of the state, adding that the security agencies confirmed the incidents to the state government on Saturday.
He explained that the security report revealed that the bandits shot four victims of kidnap dead at the outskirts of Tsohon Gayan general area of Chikun.
“Two of the victims were from Kakau village of the same LGA. The third was identified as being from Kachia town and the fourth remains yet unidentified,” he said.
The commissioner’s statement added that a gang of bandits also shot and killed two people in Iri Station, Kajuru council area.
“Also one person, a native of Tsohon Farakwai of Igabi LGA, was similarly killed by bandits at the outskirts of Galadima general area of Giwa LGA,” it added.