The Nigeria Police has confirmed that the Emir of Bungudu Emirate in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, who was escaping the rampaging terrorists and bandits in his home State was on Tuesday evening kidnapped along Kaduna-Abuja highway by the same band of terrorists and bandits operating in Kaduna State.
His Police detail was killed during the exchange of gunfire while others sustained injuries.
An unspecified number of other commuters were also kidnapped.
The Kaduna Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, who issued a statement on Tuesday night said: “Today, Sept 14, at about 3.10 pm, the Kaduna Police Command received a tragic report of an attack and kidnapping incident around Dutse village along the Kaduna-Abuja road.
“An unspecified number of people were suspected to have been kidnapped, while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment. “Equally, available information indicated that the Emir of Bungudu, Zamfara State, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hassan Atto, is among the people abducted to an unknown destination.
“Reports reaching the command indicated that the commuters were intercepted by the bandits, who fired shots at random, before abducting their victims.”
The Police Spokesperson said operatives of the Kaduna Command were dispatched to restore normalcy in the area, as a result of which an officer paid the supreme price.
Jalige added that four vehicles were recovered from the scene, but that the exact number of persons kidnapped was yet to be ascertained.
Meanwhile, a reinforcement team had been dispatched to the area, with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt, Jalige also said.