– Commuters in Zamfara were left stranded as commercial drivers in the state refused to work
– This is as the workers embarked on a strike to protest the incessant kidnappings and robberies
– According to the chairman of the transport union three drivers were recently kidnapped along the highway
Commercial drivers plying the 100 km Gusau-Dansadau road in Zamfara state have gone on strike to protest incessant kidnappings and armed robbery, Daily Trust gathers.
The highway stayed empty of commercial vehicles for a fourth day on Thursday as drivers refused to work.
The chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Dansadau, Isihu Ticha told Daily Trust that the strike was to draw the attention of authorities to their plight.
Three drivers have been and four kidnapped along the highway recently, and bandits seized a total 16 motorbikes within a week.
“Kidnappings and armed robberies are happening almost on daily basis. Last Friday, the driver of a vehicle conveying bride and other wedding guests was shot dead, the bride and guests were abducted near Mashayar Zaki, a very dangerous spot along the road just 15 km north of Dansadau town. The vehicle somersaulted and this did not stop them from seizing the people onboard,” said Ticha.
“Even before then, at least three drivers plying the road were killed. In the same vein, four drivers were kidnapped and they have spent at least 40 days in captivity. Their abductors have not made any contact to demand ransom and we don’t know whether the abducted drivers are alive or not. We are really in a very horrible situation here,” the NURTW chairman said.
“A spot called Tashar Maikorai is the most dangerous along the road. The armed criminals usually lurk around Hannu Tara, a ghost community located 13 km north of Dansadau town to intercept any moving vehicle.
“There are soldiers stationed along the road but I don’t think the number is enough to stop the activities of these criminals. We are calling on authorities to add the number of the check points especially at the most dangerous spots,” he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that no fewer than 10 kidnapped victims have been rescued from the clutches of bandits by the troops of Operation Hadarin Daji at Yenyewa village in Zamfara following a tip-off.
The coordinator, Defence Media Operations made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, in Abuja.
The troops had on Sunday, December 20, responded to a distress call on bandits’ activities in the area and engaged them in a gun duel.
In another report, Governor Bello Matawalle revealed how a community in Zamfara state resisted an attack by bandits.
The governor who spoke through his deputy chief of staff, Bashir Maru, on Friday, March 5, said villagers in Ruwan Tofa community resisted and killed some of the bandits, who attacked them on Thursday, March 4.
According to the governor, Ruwan Tofa and a neighbouring village in Maru local government area of the state were attacked by the bandits.