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Terrorists Kill Former FCTA Director Of Protocol, Kidnap Many Along Abuja-Kaduna Highway

The terrorists attempted to stop the motorists on the notorious Rijana part of the Abuja-Kaduna highway, but as some of them tried to flee, they sporadically shot at their vehicles.

Terrorists opened fire on motorists passing along the Abuja-Kaduna highway on Sunday evening,  Nov. 21, killing at least two people and abducting many others. 

As confirmed by his family, Alhaji Sagir Hamidu, a business tycoon and former governorship aspirant in Zamfara State, was among the people shot dead as they tried to escape. 

The terrorists attempted to stop the motorists along the notorious Rijana part of the Abuja-Kaduna highway, but as some of them tried to escape, they sporadically shot at their vehicles. 

HumAngle understands that the attack took place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. WAT on Sunday, when many were returning to Abuja after the weekend’s sojourn. 

Pictures and footage circulating on social media have shown some of the cars that were shot at, whose remaining passengers were pushed into the forest by the kidnappers.

There is no official statement from the police on the incident as of the time of filing this report. 

The Abuja-Kaduna Highway is among the busiest roads in northern Nigeria and has been under terrorist attacks for years. Many people have been kidnapped, and others killed along the road. 

As the holiday season approaches, thousands of people earning a living in Abuja and other southern Nigerian states are expected to take the dangerous road to other parts of northwest Nigeria, putting their lives in danger.

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Aliyu Dahiru

Aliyu Dahiru is an assistant editor and head of extremism and radicalization desks at HumAngle. He is a fact-checker and has a passion for analyzing jihadism in Africa and telling the stories of those affected by conflict and insecurity. Tweets: @Aliyussufiy

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