The Kaduna State Police Command last night, confirmed the killing of police personnel and the abduction of the emir of Bungudu, Zamfara state, Alhaji Hassan Atto as well as an unspecified number of people along the Kaduna – Abuja road.
A statement issued by the spokesman of the command, Mohammad Jalige at 12 midnight said the police officer, who was among a team despatched to confront the bandits, was killed.
He added that two other people sustained varying degrees of injuries and were receiving medical treatment.
The statement said four vehicles, apparently belonging to the victims were recovered at the scene of the incident.
The statement reads: “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 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 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.
“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 teams have since been dispatched while coordinated effort is being carried out to rescue 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 to be deterred by this setback as the command is rejigging the security deployment to strengthen the existing structure aimed at forestalling reoccurrence.”