Gunmen, believed to be bandits have abducted 15 traders travelling in a commercial bus along the Tsaskiya-Ummadau Road in Safana Local Government Area of Katsina State.
The state police command however said only nine persons were abducted.
According to reports, the incident happened at about 3pm on Sunday when the traders conveyed in J5 with registration number KZR 345 ZT while returning from Jibia market.
Giving details about the incident, one Aliyu Rumawa said the gunmen numbering 20 upon seeing the vehicle shot sporadically into the air to cause chaos, after which they whisked away 15 out of the 18 passengers traveling in the vehicle.
“Fifteen out of 18 passengers in the vehicle were taken away by the bandits, numbering about 20 and heavily armed.
“The passengers were returning from Jibia market and most of them are traders,” the source said.
While confirming the incidents, the spokesman of the Katsina State Police Command, SP Gambo Isah, told journalists in the state that only nine of the victims were abducted out of which four were rescued and five others whisked away.