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No Information Yet On Abducted Zamfara’s First-class Monarch

Suspected terrorists waylaid a traditional ruler along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway, abducted him and killed one of his police escorts.

Hassan Attahiru, the Emir of Bungudu Fulani in Zamfara State, Northwest Nigeria, has been abducted.

Attahiru was kidnapped by an armed gang  on his way from Kaduna to Abuja on Tuesday, Sept. 14, one of his sons told the BBC.

According to the BBC, one of the police officers escorting the monarch was killed in a gunfire exchange with the assailants. The king was one of Zamfara’s most respected rulers.

There is no information about where the traditional ruler was taken to. It was not clear as of the time of this report if the abductors have made any contact with the palace.

Mohammed Jalige, the police spokesperson in Kaduna state, could not be reached for comment, as of the time of this  report. 

The development comes amidst a communication blockage in Zamfara State imposed by the government to curb the activities of terrorists and prevent weekly shopping that aided carrying out attacks- and kidnappings.

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Aishat Babatunde heads the digital reporting desk. Before joining HumAngle, she worked at Premium Times and Nigerian Tribune. She is a graduate of English from the University of Ibadan.

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