Bandits abducted scores of travellers along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Highway on Wednesday after attacking their convoy.
The details of the incident that happened around 11am are sketchy but it was gathered that most of the victims were traders on their way to Kano.
A community leader, Muhammadu Umaru, told Daily Trust that four of his neighbours were abducted, adding that the vehicles that were attacked, about 20, were led by a police escort.
“We have about 70 of our traders from Udawa town alone and there are others from neighbouring towns in the convoy that was attacked between Udawa and Buruku along the highway.
“My neighbours were involved because we called their phones and a bandit picked the call,” he said.
It was gathered that some of the traders that ran into the bush called their relations to inform them of the situation.
The State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Jalige Mohammed, promised to comment on the incident after gathering details.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Emir of Zazzau, Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, had enjoined all Imams and Pastors within the Emirate to begin special prayers for the restoration of peace and stability in the area and nation as a whole.
Kaduna has been facing bandits attacks for a while and the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said his administration’s intention is to kill all bandits.
He said this on Tuesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the recent attack that claimed 40 lives in the state.
The governor was accompanied by the State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan.