Gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked the convoy of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Tuesday night.
At least three policemen sustained injuries in the attack which happened after the convoy was making its way to Kano from Zamfara State, where a mass All Progressives Congress (APC) rally held on Tuesday.
Ganduje was among the governors, who visited Gusau, Zamfara capital, to welcome Governor Bello Matawalle and key Zamfara politicians who defected into the ruling party.
Government House sources confirmed the attack but said Ganduje was not in the convoy when they encountered the gunmen.
It was gathered that Ganduje joined the convoy of his Jigawa State Counterpart, Abubakar Badaru, after the mega rally in Gusau.
“You know because the place was rowdy after the event which had many state governors in attendance, His Excellency, Gov Ganduje, joined his friend, Governor Badaru, and they both arrived in Kano hours before the Kano convoy arrived,” a government house official, who asked not to be named, said.
Dozens of gunmen, who barricaded the road, were said to have opened fire immediately they sighted the convoy.
Attempts to reach the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, failed as phones were switched off as of the time of filing this report.
Hon. Mohammed Ahmed, a member of the Zamfara State House of Assembly, was shot dead on Tuesday.
He was on his way to Kano from Zamfara when he ran into armed men.
The gunmen abducted his son and driver after killing him.
The deceased lawmaker was said to be taking his son to the Kano airport when they ran into the attackers.
Insecurity is at an all-time high in the country despite efforts of government and security agencies to bring the situation under control.