Police: Suspected Bandits Abduct Emir of Zamfara State

The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara state Hassan Attahiru was kidnapped on Tuesday along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

A police officer was also said to have been killed in the attack, while two other persons sustained injuries.

According to Jalige, four vehicles were recovered from the scene of the incident, but the total number of persons abducted has not been confirmed.

It was gathered that the attackers opened fire on the convoy of the emir and successfully demobilised some of the vehicles, including that of the traditional ruler, before he was taken away.

Sources disclosed that the emir was kidnapped around Olam Factory, a few kilometres to the city of Kaduna, while he was heading back to his domain after attending an event in Abuja.

“The Kaduna-Abuja road has been safe lately if not for this unfortunate incident. Thus, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command, CP Mudassiru Abdullahi psc (+), is calling on the citizens plying the road not be deterred by this setback as the Command is rejigging the security deployment to strengthen the existing structure aimed at forestalling reoccurrence.”

The development comes days after Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, said his administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits.

Security operations are also ongoing in areas affected by banditry across Zamfara — which shares border with Kaduna — leading to shutdown of telecommunications services.

But a source in the emir’s palace who pleaded for anonymity confirmed that the emir’s convoy was attacked on Tuesday evening.

‘We are trying to a certain the condition of our monarch and his aides , By tomorrow, we will be able to get more facts,” he said.

he first class chief was abducted while traveling along Kaduna – Abuja highway Tuesday’s evening
A police personnel was said to have been killed during exchange of fire with the bandits
TVC NEWS Gathered that only the emir was abducted in the convoy while some of his guards sustained injuries during the incident
His Royal Highness Hassan Attahiru is the Paramount ruler of Bungudu emirate in Zamfara state
Police in Kaduna are yet to comment on the incident.

The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attahiru, was on Tuesday kidnapped along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

It was gathered that the attackers opened fire on the convoy of the emir and successfully demobilised some of the vehicles, including that of the traditional ruler, before he was taken away.

Sources disclosed that the emir was kidnapped around Olam Factory, a few kilometres to the city of Kaduna, while he was heading back to his domain after attending an event in Abuja.

However, another report said the emir’s convoy was attacked by the bandits and that as a result of the attack, a policeman attached to the convoy was killed during the exchange of fire with the bandits .

It was gathered that only the traditional ruler was abducted, while some of his aides who sustained injuries were rushed to the hospital.

As of the time of filing the report, there was no official confirmation from the police or the state government.

But a source in the emir’s palace who pleaded for anonymity confirmed that the emir’s convoy was attacked on Tuesday evening.

‘We are trying to a certain the condition of our monarch and his aides , By tomorrow, we will be able to get more facts,” he said.

Muhammed Jalige, Kaduna police spokesperson, confirmed the development in a statement made available to TheCable.

A police officer was also said to have been killed in the attack, while two other persons sustained injuries.

According to Jalige, four vehicles were recovered from the scene of the incident, but the total number of persons abducted has not been confirmed.

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“Today, 14th September, 2021 at about 1510hrs, the Kaduna Police Command received a tragic report of an attack and kidnapping incident around Dutse Village along Kaduna-Abuja road, where an unspecified number of people were suspected to have been kidnapped, while two others sustained varying degree of injuries are currently receiving medical treatment,” the statement reads.

“The information has it that the commuters were intercepted by the bandits who shot berserkly, resulting in the aforesaid circumstance. However, Operatives of the Command were dispatched to restore normalcy in the area of which an officer paid the supreme price.

“During the course of preliminary investigation of the scene, four vehicles were recovered from the scene while the exact number of persons kidnapped is yet to be ascertained.

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“Equally, available information indicates that the Emir of Bungudu, Zamfara state, His Royal Highness (HRH) Alhaji Hassan Atto, is among the people abducted to an unknown destination. Meanwhile, reinforcement team has since been dispatched, while coordinated effort is being carried out with a view to rescuing the victims unhurt.

“The Kaduna-Abuja road has been safe lately if not for this unfortunate incident. Thus, the Commissioner of Police Kaduna Command, CP Mudassiru Abdullahi psc (+), is calling on the citizens plying the road not be deterred by this setback as the Command is rejigging the security deployment to strengthen the existing structure aimed at forestalling reoccurrence.”

The development comes days after Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara, said his administration will no longer grant amnesty to bandits.

Security operations are also ongoing in areas affected by banditry across Zamfara — which shares border with Kaduna — leading to shutdown of telecommunications services.

Speaking on the shutdown, Isa Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, had said security agencies requested the shutdown of telecommunications activities in Zamfara.

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