No fewer than 40 traders travelling to Zamfara from Sokoto were abducted on Sunday by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
It was learnt that most of the traders were those selling phones at the Bebeji Plaza in Zamfara.
More than 60 of the traders were travelling when the gunmen attacked. About 20 of them managed to escape.
Confirming the report, the chairman of the market said the traders were abducted when they were returning from a wedding in Sokoto.
According to him, they traveled in a Coaster Bus with 40 seat capacity and in another bus that was carrying 18 passengers.
He explained to BBC Hausa Service that they were abducted on Saturday evening in-between Tureta and Bakura town after leaving the wedding venue at Tambuwal in Sokoto State.
The report was also confirmed by the spokesman of the Zamfara Police Command, SP Muhammed Shehu.
According to Shehu, men in collaboration with other security agencies have commenced investigation to ascertain the number of those in captivity.