Bandits have killed Adamu Aliyu, chairman of the Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja.
Aliyu was said to have been killed alongside four others near Daku village in Dobi ward of the council on Thursday.
Secretary of MACBAN, Mohammed Usman, who confirmed the incident on Sunday, said three persons were abducted, while three others who sustained gunshot wounds were receiving treatment at a hospital in Abuja.
He said the incident happened last Thursday, around 5 pm, when the late MACBAN chairman alongside others was returning from Izom market in Niger state.
Usman said the bandits suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire on a truck that was conveying the victims.
“They were returning from Izom market in Niger state where they went to sell cows, until just one kilometre to Daku village when the bandits suddenly emerged from the bush and opened fire on the truck, killing the MACBAN chairman and four others,” he said.
He gave the names of those killed as Saleh, Aliyu, Muhammadu and Saidu, saying the deceased had been buried according to Islamic rites.
A combined team of security agents comprising of soldiers, civil defence corps, mobile police and vigilante led by the Gwagwalada police area commander were at Daku village before the remains of the deceased were buried.
The chairman of Gwagwalada Area Council, Adamu Mustapha, confirmed the incident to via telephone but declined to speak further, Daily Trust reported.
The spokesperson of the FCT police command, DSP Adeh Josephine, did not pick up calls or reply to a text message sent to her, Daily Trust reported.