- Motorists flee into nearby bushes to avoid being kidnapped by gunmen
- Police swifts into action and clears road for motorists.
Hundreds of motorists have been kidnapped as abductors on Monday afternoon blocked the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, forcing several motorists to abandon their vehicles and head for nearby bushes to avoid abduction.
The ugly incident has left many motorists and passengers unaccounted for as their belongings were carted away by the kidnappers.
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News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent 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.
According to NAN, hundreds of motorists travelling 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 Correspondent further reported that the bandits 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.
The owner of the popular Shagalinku Restaurant in Abuja, Alhaji Umar Shagalinku, in his reaction to the incident, 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 – 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.