Bandits kill former Zamfara Guber candidate & FCT Director, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu on Abuja-Kaduna road

…See video on the operations.

…Arewa forum says rate of insecurity is a shame on Nigeria.

…Rijana has become notorious black spot of operation for bandits.

…Bandits return around Rijana Monday afternoon kidnap 20 people.

A Former FCT Director of Protocol and Zamfara State Governorship Aspirant, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu was on Sunday around 4pm killed along Kaduna – Abuja Road by Bandits.

The politician and proprietor of FAMAKS British Schools in Abuja and Kaduna was reportedly gunned down by bandits who opened fire on his vehicle as well as those of other travellers around Rijana Area, along the ever busy expressway.

A source hinted Patmos Media Line that the politician was shot when his driver tried to make a fast U-Turn while the bandits were operating.

Some survivors and security personnel confirmed that occupants of vehicles which slowed down were ushered into the bush while those who didn’t were shot at multiple times.

“The kidnappers took advantage of the damage on the road, which forced on and off-coming motorists to move slowly on a single lane,” a source said.

Video of operation at Rijana.

Attempts to obtain an official statement from the Kaduna State Police Command was unsuccessful as the State’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige was yet to respond to calls and messages at the time of filing this report.

No fewer than 20 persons have been allegedly kidnapped by gunmen along the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Monday.

The abduction is coming barely 24 hours after gunmen killed unspecified number of passengers, including a popular Zamfara politician, Sagir Hamidu.

It gathered that the kidnappers returned to the highway at about 4:30pm on Monday, and opened fire on motorists, Daily Nigerian reports.

Sources said the incident occurred less than five kilometers away from the point the assailants operated on Sunday.

Lawan Sani, a witness who plied the road immediately after the incident said he saw at least four abandoned vehicles with shattered windshields and flat tyres.

“There was serious commotion and panic around the area. Soldiers arrived at the scene almost immediately but the bandits briskly finished the operation within minutes and disappeared into the bush with many people.”

The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed worry over the worsening state of insecurity along the Kaduna -Abuja highway and urged the government to live up to its responsibility.

National Publicity Secretary of Arewa Consultative Forum, Emmanuel Yawe in a statement on Monday, said the forum was agitated by the unrestrained acts of terrorism on the strategic highway between Abuja the Federal Capital, and Kaduna the former capital of defunct Northern Region.

ACF lamented that on a daily basis; Nigerians are being terrorized, kidnapped, and killed on the road.

“This is a national shame and completely unacceptable to our forum. The latest victim of this act of terror is Alhaji Hamidu Sagir, a retired Director of Protocol at the Federal Capital Development Authority FCDA and a governorship aspirant in Zamfara State who was shot and killed at Rijana.

“Indeed Rijana has become a popular spot where these terrorist attacks are committed on a daily and routine basis. This is a challenge that security agencies must overcome.

“We are worried that every day Nigerians are attacked at this same spot and our security men seem helpless in sorting out the security problems that make such attacks on the same spot easy.

“The government – both the Kaduna and the Federal Government itself which owns the highway appears to be helpless in securing the lives of Nigerians on this road. We call on both governments to save us from this security nightmare by saving the lives of our innocent citizens.

“We condole with the immediate family of the slain Hamida Sagir and the Zamfara State Government. We pray Almighty Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the tragedy,” the forum said.

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