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Updated: Gunmen abduct Emir of Bungudu on Abuja-Kaduna highway

The Emir of Bungudu Alh. Hassan Attahiru Bungudu has been kidnapped along Abuja-Kaduna highway, Dateline Nigeria has learnt.

The Zamfara State monarch was abducted today, a security source in Abuja confirmed to our reporter.

“There was exchange of gun fire and a police personnel in the Emir’s convoy was badly injured. Others in the entourage also sustained injuries,” the source said.

One of Emir’s sons confirmed that the monarch was on his way to Abuja from Kaduna when he encountered the gunmen.

Commenting on the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command said it received the “tragic report” of the 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 and currently receiving medical treatment.

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 for 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.

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 have 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 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 command said in a statement by its spokesma ASP Muhammed Jalige.

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