By Ben Agande, with Agency Report

Four persons, including a professor were, Sunday evening, killed by armed bandits along the volatile Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

The Professor, Halimatu Idris, who was a former Commissioner for Education in Katsina State, was killed while travelling to Abuja, between Jere and Kateri, about 90 kilometres between Abuja and Kaduna.

Professor Idris was reportedly shot in the chest.

Her husband, Abdullahi Mu’azu, who was driving the vehicle when the incident occurred, said: “I was driving the car with my wife, late Professor Halima sitting beside me on the passenger seat, when the gunmen opened fire on the car.

“We saw them in the middle of the road about 90 kilometres to Kaduna with guns and there was no roadblock or any object on the main road to indicate they wanted us to stop. Besides, they didn’t flag us down; they just opened fire on vehicles on sight.

“Unfortunately, a bullet came through the door on her side, hit her shoulder and penetrated into her chest. When we got to a nearby clinic, the nurses said she lost a lot of blood.

“She (my wife) asked for pain reliever, but the nurses said they can’t give her anything because she had lost too much blood. That was how she died.”

Speaking, Deputy Governor of Katsina State, Mannir Yakubu, who visited the family at their residence in Unguwar Sarki, said: “We are saddened with the news of her death. We pray for Allah to grant her jannatul Firdausi (Paradise).”

The deceased has been buried according to Islamic rites.

The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Mukhtar Aliyu, in a statement, said the gunmen opened fire indiscriminately at vehicles.

He explained that the Command received a distress call that a group of unidentified armed men had blocked the highway and were shooting at vehicles.

According to him, “in a swift response, policemen stormed the scene and the bandits were dislodged, but sadly they had already killed four commuters and injured five others. Normalcy has been restored on the road with commuters moving safely without molestation.”

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