Some bandits have kidnapped 16 farmers, including children and women at Uduwa village, along the Birnin Gwari highway in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
Those abducted by the gunmen were said to be going to the farm when the incident occurred in the early hours of Saturday.
Four others were reported to have suffered gunshots injuries and were abandoned while the gunmen went away with 16 persons, who were of the same family.
It was learnt that some of those shot were rushed to a hospital in Kaduna city for treatment.
One of the victims, who is the head of the family, Mallam Yakubu Barauni, told journalists on Sunday that he was shot in his two legs by the bandits.
Barauni said among those abducted were a nursing mother, who had her baby (female) strapped on her back, three other women and the rest male children, as well as adults.
He said, “Yesterday, Saturday, September 12, 2020, at about 7am, while on our way to the farm around Gonar Lema along the Birnin Gwari highway, we were attacked by some bandits.
“They took away 16 people of an entire family. They also shot four of us. Three have been taken to Kaduna (town) where they are now receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital,” he added.
The Kaduna State Police Command has yet to confirm the incident as the Public Relations Officer, Mohammed Jalige, could not be reached.
Jalige had also yet to reply to a text message sent to his mobile phone as of the time of filing this report.