Horror: Killings On Abuja-Kaduna Road Worsens

Horror: Killings On Abuja-Kaduna Road Worsens
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  • Kidnappers, gunmen rule
  • As Buhari meets with security chiefs
  • Nigerians mourn

By Ismailah Jimoh

The news about the death of Sagir Hamida, a 2019 Governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Zamfara State, to the surprise of Nigerians who had thought the gory days of the ever busy Abuja-Kaduna road were over.


Hamida was shot dead by bandits on Sunday November 21, and his police orderly among dozens of persons abducted by the bandits on the highway in that incident.

And as if to let people know that the fatal days are back, the dare-devil bandits have struck repeatedly after Sunday’s attack that road, which is a very busy road linking northern states, to the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as commuters from the North West, the North East and parts of the North Central use the road to link the FCT and by extension, the southern part of the country.

Videos abound on the Social Media of bullet ridden and abandoned cars, perplexed and wailing commuters, and bullet ridden vehicle seats shattered on the roadsides, as well as cleared bushes due to fleeing vehicles, have continued to come up on a daily basis.

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“We saw at least four vehicles with broken windshields and damaged tyres abandoned near the highway. The bandits attacked at about 4.30 pm”, one lucky traveller said.

And as kidnappers and gunmen hold sway on the highway, the governor Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has mourned the deceased politician with glowing words.

He said he had received news of Mr Hamidu’s killing with shock. According to the governor’s spokesperson, Yusuf Idris, in a statement, the deceased was one of the promising politicians in the state, adding that the governor said the deceased had a good vision for the enhancement of self-reliance, especially among the youth.

“Sagir Hamidu will be remembered for his various contributions to the political and socio-economic growth of the state where he left a wide gap that will be difficult to fill.

“Death is inevitable but losing a worthy son like Sagir Hamidu is a great loss and very painful and his contribution will remain indelible in the minds of the people of the state.

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“The governor also extended his heartfelt condolences to Gusau emirate Council, his immediate family, the good people and government of Zamfara and prayed to Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss”, he said.

But yesterday, after the Security Council meeting, President MUhammadu Buhari, again gave marching orders to the security chiefs to go after insurgents, bandits and terrorists and that they must not rest until all Nigerians sleep without fear.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Aregbesola said President Buhari appreciated the successes and gains recorded by all security chiefs, the security agencies and intelligence organizations on the security situation nationwide after he received briefs from them at the meeting.

According to the Minister; “President Buhari is of the belief that more must still be done.

“But he commended all of them for the progress we are recording on all fronts”.

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He further stated that the President ordered the armed forces and other security agencies, intelligence organizations, not to rest on their oars, notwithstanding the progress and efforts being made to eliminate insurgency, banditry, kidnapping for ransom, and all the other criminalities.

He said: “The President said that we are not yet where we should be. That Nigerians deserve to live in peace. And that until we achieve that we will not rest”. Nigerians, however, believe to see these marching orders translate into security both at homes and the highways before they heave a sigh of relief.


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