Some traders from Kano numbering about 18 have been kidnapped, News Medal learns.
The traders were said to be traveling to Aba in Abia State to purchase wares they hoped to sell at the popular Kantin Kwari textile market in Kano when they met their unfortunate fate in the hands of the gunmen who attacked them along Lokoja-Okene Expressway and took them into a nearby bush.
According to Daily Trust, the traders left Kano on Sunday with the intention of getting to Aba the following day but met their fate before getting there.
The Managing Director of Kantin Kwari Market Management Board, Alhaji Abba Bello confirmed the incident to Daily Trust.
According to him, “The kidnapped traders are 18, but we have so far confirmed the names of 12, but we suspect that they could be up to 18 in number.
“They were all traveling to Aba in Abia State when the gunmen attacked them along Lokoja-Okene Expressway in Kogi State.
“People are saying the victims are up to 20 or even more, but from what we can confirm so far, they are 18,” Alhaji Bello added.
On whether the kidnappers have so far contacted families of the victims for ransom, the MD said he had not officially received any information on that.
However, other sources have reported that the abductors have earlier demanded N50m, before they later agreed to collect N27m from their families as ransom.
Traders from Kantin Kwari market, mostly those running small scale businesses usually travel by road to buy ‘Made in Aba’ materials from Aba, Abia State’s commercial city and resell in Kano