The latest abduction of commuters along this strategic Birnin-Gwari-Kaduna route linking southern parts of the country and the north has further deteriorated the security of Birnin-Gwari local government area in the Kaduna State.
Assailants are demanding ransom of N5 million (R181 000) for the release together of the nursing woman and the infant.
The husband, who is a pensioner, is fearing for the safety of his wife and child as he cannot afford the ransom.
The region where more than 20 civilians have been kidnapped is among the most feared abduction hotspots by kidnappers demanding ransom.
A deployment of military personnel has led to the arrest of several suspects but abductions persist.
The local pressure group, the Birnin-Gwali Vangiards for Security and Good Governance, called on the federal government, as a matter of urgency, to conduct aerial bombardments of identified hideouts of armed bandits.
The organisation said peasant farmers would not be able to farm this season due to presence of armed bandits, hence the need for deployment of additional security personnel to Birnin-Gwari.
Time for the government to act is now, before armed bandits crushed our entire community,” said a spokesman.
Speaking in Abuja recently, Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, denounced the incessant kidnappings in the region.
He urged security personnel to thwart the kidnap gangs.
The prevalence of abductions is worsening the crisis posed by the Boko Haram terror group, which has kidnapped thousands of civilians during a violent campaign to establish as Islamic state in Nigeria.
– CAJ News