How An Activist Campaigning Against Insecurity Was Shot Dead Near Kaduna Train Station

In what will seem like a truly heartbreaking event, Rabiu Auwal, an activist, has been brutally murdered.

Auwal, who was an advocate for #SecureNorth, a group fighting insecurity, was killed by suspected bandits.

Auwal was killed when gunmen attacked near the Rigasa train station in Kaduna on Friday night.

Bayero University graduate Kano was returning from a trip with other activists when the unfortunate incident occurred.

He was said to be in the company of El-Khaddab Arewa, an activist fighting for his life at the Nigerian Army 44 Reference Hospital, Kaduna, in the hospital after the attack, and Sani Khalil, who has not been taken into counts from the incident.

A security source, who spoke unofficially, said Khalil may have been kidnapped.

Auwal was buried in Kaduna on Saturday morning.

In a Facebook post, Nura Usman, one of the deceased’s friends, wrote: “In her quest to push for the safety and security of the North, she changed her DP profile on WhatsApp and Facebook to the #SecureNorth frame. Unknown to him, he will be consumed by the same Insecurity. Comrade Rabiu Auwal has done everything possible while he was alive to draw the attention of the authority to assume the main responsibility of ensuring the life and property of the people.

Mohammed Jalige, a spokesman for the Kaduna Police Command, did not respond to calls or text messages seeking confirmation of the incident.

Kaduna has registered multiple attacks in the last week.

Gunmen stormed the Nuhu Bamali Polytechnic in Zaria and abducted a teacher and two children last Saturday.

Eight students from Ahmadu Bello University, still in Zaria, were kidnapped on the Kaduna-Abjua highway on Sunday.

Many people were also kidnapped around the axis last week.

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