Some reports last weekend had claimed that the convoy of Kano governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, was attacked by dare-devil robbers along the Abuja-Jos highway. The reports had claimed that the security personnel attached to the governor engaged the robbers in a shootout lasting over an hour before overpowering them.
The Kano government has denied the report, describing it as “totally imaginary and misleading.”
According to a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Salisu Tanko Yakassai:
- Governor Ganduje travelled in a convoy, to Jos, Plateau state from Abuja, to commiserate with his colleague, Governor Simon Lalong, whose brother passed away.
- On their way to Jos, on approaching a point at Hayin Kibau, the convoy saw a car stopped at a road block, mounted by suspected armed robbers.
- As soon as the armed robbers sighted the governor’s convoy, they dispersed into the nearby bush and left their stranded victims along the road.
- The convoy stopped to rescue the six victims of the robbery, including a pregnant woman, while armed policemen fired gunshots into the air, as a precautionary measure, to douse any threats.
- The victims were then taken by the convoy to a police check point somewhere in the area for investigation and assistance.