Residents of Gauraka community in Niger State have appealed to the Federal Government to station a military outpost in the area to check the reoccurrence of kidnappings and incessant attacks in the community.
Gauraka, a community located along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway in Tafa local government area of Niger State is home to over 500,000 people and is said to be over 50 years old in existence.
The Yoruba Chief of the community, Chief Olotu Sikiru Fatai told journalists that kidnapping has become a nightmare for residents of the area.
“We used to hear tales of how people were kidnapped on the expressway, but less than a month ago, they started entering into our community, they go into people’s houses and kidnap them,” he said.
“They came back again to our community and kidnapped four people and about N3.4 million was paid to them as ransom for their release. Not less than three days intervals, they entered our community and kidnapped four people who are still in captivity.”
He said last Sunday, the kidnappers invaded the community again and kidnapped 11 people, who are also still in captivity.
“One baffling thing is that when the kidnappers approach any house to kidnap, they call their victims by their names. This tells us that they have adequate information on their targets.
“That was why the youths of Gauraka blocked the expressway on Monday to tell government that we are no longer safe, we are living in serious fear and we do not know what to do,” he said.”
The community leader urged the federal government to instruct the military to have a checkpoint at the junction of the community.