Four persons, including a professor were Sunday evening killed by armed bandits along the volatile Abuja-Kaduna highway. One of the victims, a former commissioner of Education in Katsina State, Professor Halima Idris, was killed while travelling to Abuja between Jere and Kateri, about eighty five kilometres between Abuja and Kaduna. She was buried in Kaduna on Monday.
The Kaduna state Police Public relations Officer, Mukhtar Aliyu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police confirmed the incidence but added that no military or policeman was involved in the incident.
In a statement he later issued, the police PPRO said four persons were killed in the attack, while five others were injured. “The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to inform the public that on 22/07/2018 at about 06:30pm, a distress call was received that a group of unidentified Armed Men blocked Kaduna–Abuja express road by Gidan Busa Village and opened fire indiscriminately at any vehicle on sight. “In swift response, teams of Police Men stormed the scene where the bandits were dislodged but sadly they had already killed four (4) commuters and injured five (5) others in their dastardly act Normalcy has been restored on the road with commuters moving safely without molestation. “The Police Command uses this medium to reassure the public that we are committed even than before to protect life and property of Nigerians, irrespective of time, venue and circumstance. “In this regard, we call on the general Public to volunteer information to security agencies to assist us in ridding our communities of such violent miscreants who have constitute threat to our peaceful coexistence” he said. At the burial of the professor who was a commissioner for Education in Katsina state, the state government was represented by the Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Engr. Manir Yakubu who led the delegation of about 23 Commissioners from the state, while former Governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, Umar Farouk Ahmed and other dignitaries attended the burial.