13 family members, including two grandchildren of the Emir of Kajuru, in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, were reportedly abducted on Sunday, in a late-night attack on the village.
The incident occured barely six days after the abduction of 121 students of Bethel Baptist school in neighbouring Chikun Local Government Area.
The bandits numbering over 200 were sad to have stormed the emirate, firing gunshots, before proceeding to the Emir’s palace and whisked the 13 family members away.
Eye witnesses’ account said three women, two grandchildren, three aides and five others were abducted.
Spokesman of Kaduna State Police Command, Mohammed Jalige, who confirmed the incident, said the 85-year-old second class traditional ruler was kidnapped from his palace.
He said that a combined team comprising members of the Police Mobile Force, Operatives of Operation Puff Adder and Anti-kidnapping squad of the Kaduna State Police Command have launched a manhunt for the kidnappers, with a view to rescuing the victims and arresting the criminals.
The abduction took place about 30 kilometres away from the state capital, which has become notorious for kidnappings.