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How former Zamfara State governor candidate was killed by gunmen in Kaduna

Gunmen reportedly blocked the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Sunday, taking several hostages.

Records show that there were casualties including a former Zamfara state governor candidate Alhaji Sagir Hamidu.

Relatives of the deceased confirmed the incident to Newsmen and said he was killed when gunmen blocked the road.

Mohammed Sirajo Hamidu, the younger brother of the deceased, told the newsmen that the gunmen opened fire when his nephew tried to turn around to return to Kaduna after realizing they had fallen into the hands of kidnappers.

“The kidnappers blocked the road and they came and found what was happening. When they saw what was happening, they quickly turned around, they were going back to Kaduna when three men came out of the bush and stood in front of them. He was shot in the chest and one in the leg.

He said the gunmen abducted one police officer who was guarding the deceased and his driver escaped.

Although the number of hostages held by the militants is still unknown, photos posted on social media show several cars on the road and none of them.

Some reports put the number of hostages at 40

PRNigeria quotes an escaped traveller as saying the gunmen blocked the road in Katari village around 2 pm where they spent more than an hour wreaking havoc.

The passenger said: “It was only after we returned that we heard gunshots and we stopped at a place very far from where the incident took place. Two hours later we saw some cars following the other road, then “We are continuing our journey.”

“Several passengers were abducted or fled into the bush because at least 15 vehicles were on the road and none of them was there when we passed by,” he said.

However, the Kaduna State Police Command has not yet commented on the matter

Katari village is one of the most affected areas on the Kaduna-Abuja highway. The Emir of Bungudu in Zamfara State, Hassan Atto, has been abducted by gunmen in the past.

He escaped after being held hostage for 32 days.

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