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Ex-commissioner, three others killed on Abuja-Kaduna Expressway — Police

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Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna

Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the killing of four persons by suspected armed robbers and kidnappers along the Abuja- Kaduna Expressway on Sunday.

Apart from the four that were pronounced dead, the police said five others sustained fatal gunshot injuries.

Among the dead was Prof. Halima Idris of the University of Abuja and a former Katsina State Education Commissioner.

The university don was buried in Kaduna at about 1:30 pm on Monday according to Islamic rites.

The Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Manir Yakubu, 23 Commissioners from the state and a former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa,  were among dignitaries that attended the burial.

Our correspondent gathered that the travellers were attacked at about 6:30pm on Sunday around Gidan Busa Village located at Jere and Katari village along Abuja-Kaduna Expressway.

A source said the bandits, many in numbers, killed army and police officers during the attacks, which lasted several hours.

“They mounted a roadblock, stopped motorists and shot sporadically while several others were abducted,” the source said.

He added, “The army officer travelling with his daughter was killed on the spot while his orderly sustained injury.”

Confirming the incident, the police said four persons were killed in the attack, while five others were injured.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Mukhtar Aliyu, a Superintendent of Police, in a statement,  said, “The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to inform the public that on 22/07/2018 at about 06:30 pm, a distress call was received that a group of unidentified armed men blocked the Kaduna–Abuja Expressway by Gidan Busa Village and opened fire indiscriminately on any vehicle on sight.

“In a swift response, teams of policemen stormed the scene where the bandits were dislodged but sadly they had already killed four commuters and injured five others in their dastardly act. Normalcy has been restored on the road with commuters moving safely without molestation.

“The Police Command uses this medium to reassure the public that we are committed, even now than before, to protect lives and properties of Nigerians, irrespective of time, venue and circumstance.

“In this regard, we call on the general public to volunteer information to security agencies to assist us in ridding our communities of such violent miscreants who have constituted a threat to our peaceful coexistence.”

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