On Sunday night, gunmen killed nine traders along the Jibia/Batsari road in Katsina State.

Residents alleged that the traders were returning to their community from a local market in Jibia when they encountered the armed men at around 6pm on Sunday.

PUNCH Subway learned that the traders were being transported in two vehicles that the gunmen also burned.

A resident who requested anonymity revealed that “the traders left the market early enough after trading on Sunday, only to encounter the armed men between 5pm and 6pm along the Jibia/Batsari road.”

The resident said that the armed men shot at the two vehicles carrying the traders, killing one of the drivers and the traders on the spot.

The armed men also set fire to the two vehicles in which the traders were traveling.

Some residents who spoke to our correspondent further revealed that well-wishers later deposited the bodies of the victims at the Jibia General Hospital, where their families collected them on Monday morning.

The number of traders injured in the accident and those kidnapped could not be ascertained until Monday afternoon.

The state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Nasiru Muazu, is yet to react to the incident.

The spokesperson of the Katsina State Police Command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, was said to have been in a meeting and is yet to respond to the SMS sent to him regarding the incident.

However, Governor Dikko Radda said there is relative peace in the state due to the efforts of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in the state.

He made the remarks at the annual West African Social Activities organized by the 17th Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Katsina.

The governor, special guest of honor on the occasion, was represented by the Commissioner of Homeland Security and Home Affairs.

He said: “Your efforts are highly commendable. I urge you to maintain the commendable standard. The historic role of WASA serves as an avenue that promotes good relationship between Nigerian Army personnel and host communities, which has served its purpose in the state over the years.”