Latest reports have revealed that some heavily armed bandits have attacked the convoy of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje along Shema in Katsina State, on their way back to Kano from Zamfara State, resulting in a gun duel between security operatives attached to the convoy of the Kano State Governor.
It was learnt that the governor was not in the convoy as it came under attack by bandits who blocked Zamfara, Katsina and Kano Road, around Shema on Tuesday.
Governor Ganduje was in Zamfara State to attend the formal defection of Governor Bello Matawale of Zamfara into the All Progressives Congress (APC).
After the occasion, Ganduje reportedly joined Jigawa State Governor, Muhammadu Abubakar Badaru, back to Kano.
According to a source close to the development, Governor Ganduje was not happy that his convoy did not fill their tanks for the return journey and he ordered them to proceed while he joined Badaru.
The convoy, however, came under heavy gun attacks from the bandits on their way back to Kano, but was repealed by the security in the Kano Government convoy.
Three police officers were reported to have sustained minor bullet injuries in the ensuing gun duel, while the convoy ambulance was riddled with bullets.
Another vehicle was said to have lost its tires after being hit by bullets. It however managed to drive to a safer place before they changed their tires.
The attack on the Ganduje’s convoy has been been widely condemned as it came about three months after Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State was attacked by gunmen.
This latest attack on a public figure further shows how much the Nigerian security architecture has collapsed and in need of urgent intervention.