The 51-kilometre Katsina to Jibia road is notorious for dangerous attacks on road users despite the presence of multiple security checkpoints.
After speaking to motorists, travellers and traders, they unanimously agreed that the most dangerous highway in the state is the 67-kilometre road from Jibia (in Katsina State) to Zurmi (in Zamfara State) which was closed in 2022 due to the incessant ambushes by terrorists. The road recorded the highest among of attacks possibly due it its closeness to the Rugu forest, a known hideout of terrorists and the expansive forest on the Nigeria – Niger Republic border.
Commuters and users of major roads in Katsina State, North-west Nigeria now dread travelling to conduct their businesses as terrorists, locally referred to as bandits are laying siege on the roads, killing and abducting travellers and motorists.
Traders especially in the central and southern parts of the state, where road ambushes are constant said attacks are making a mess of business.
Commercial drivers and officials of commercial motor parks are lamenting the regularity of the ambushes and how helpless they are.
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