Sagir Hamidu (file photo)
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sagir Hamidu, has been killed by armed bandits along Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The criminals, who struck on Sunday afternoon, also abducted many travelers.
Hamidu, who was a former director of Protocol in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), contested for the governorship position in Zamfara State.
The politician was reportedly wounded fatally by bullets from the guns of the bandits.
Witnesses say the gunmen also kidnapped many travellers and carted away some valuables they could instantly lay their hands upon.
Although the police authorities are yet to confirm the incident, a senior government official of the Kaduna State government told Channels Television that the bandits wielding dangerous weapons blocked the Katari village axis of the Abuja-Kaduna highway at about 2:00pm.
The attack lasted for over one hour after which the marauders whisked away several persons to a destination yet to be identified.