The Emir of Bugundu in Zamfara State, Alhaji Hassan Attachiru has been abducted by gunmen.
According to reports, the first-class monarch was abducted along Abuja-Kaduna highway on Tuesday evening.
The gunmen were said to have opened fire on the monarch’s convoy and security aides responded with shots, however the bandits overpowered them and whisked the king away.
Confirming the incident, the Kaduna State Police Command has confirmed the Emir’s abduction and scores of others along the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Tuesday.
The command’s spokesman, Mohammed Jalige in a statement on Tuesday night (11:54 pm) said a police officer was also killed during the attack.
He said four vehicles belonging to the entourage of the monarch were recovered from the scene of the incident.
Jalige said, “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 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 psc (+) 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”.