The Kaduna State Government has dismissed report that bandits barricaded the Kaduna-Abuja highway and kidnapped some commuters.
Former Kaduna lawmaker, Shehu Sani, had on Thursday, said he “got a distress call that Bandits in large numbers have again blocked the Kaduna-Abuja road this afternoon. Travellers are speedily turning backwards,”
However, the State Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, in a statement, said the report was false.
“A few hours ago some panic was spread on social media over bandits barricading the Kaduna-Abuja Road and kidnapping citizens plying the route,” he stated.
“The buzz in circulation is false and was presented by a group of social media enthusiasts who celebrate negative news.
“The preliminary operational feedback showed that fleeing bandits escaping a military onslaught attempted to pass through a narrow corridor around Kasarami general area of Kaduna-Abuja road.
“The troops, on receving this intelligence, hurriedly moved to the location and engaged them in the adjoining forest.
“The Kaduna State Government will update members of the general public when more detailed feedback is received.
“The Kaduna State Government does not deny the existence of security challenges, and continues to work assiduously with relevant military and security agencies.”