No fewer than 30 gunmen suspected to be armed robbers on Sunday, February 2, reportedly attacked a luxurious bus conveying traders from Abuja to Lagos to buy goods.
The attack was said to have occured near Gada-Biyu village along the Abuja-Lokoja highway.
The bus driver identified as Madu Francis, said three passengers including himself sustained bullets wounds.
Daily Trust reports that the attack occurred in the evening around 5.47pm when the bus was near Gada-Biyu village, along Abuja – Lokoja road.
The bus driver said that when he was driving towards Gada-Biyu village along the highway, the gunmen who were over 30 in number suddenly appeared from the bush and opened fire on the bus from both directions.
Francis stated that three passengers including himself sustained bullets wounds from the attack.
“But as God will have it, I bent down while on steering when one of the bullet scratched my head, but I still managed to drive down to Abaji town to park, before the three injured passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment,” he said.
The bus driver said he was conveying traders from Utako in Abuja to Lagos to buy goods when the incident happened.
He, however, noted that no passenger from his bus was kidnapped or killed during the attack.
In another development, former military administrator of Lagos state, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd), has said that retired military officers in the country are solidly behind troops fighting insurgency battle in the northeast notwithstanding the complaints and in some cases, distractions against the nations’ gallant military.
Speaking as a guest of the 2019 West African Social Activities (WASA) of the Army Headquarters Garrison which held at Mogadishu Cantonment at the weekend, General Marwa whose community, Michika, in Adamawa state has witnessed Boko Haram attacks, noted that troops were fighting under difficult conditions like bad weather, marshy terrain, and mines laden stretches of land.