According to reports, the abductions took place in the last 24 hours.
Confirming the abductions, the Chairman of National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Danladi Idon Duniya, said a Sharon bus and a Golf 3 saloon that were travelling along the Birnin Gwari road were stopped by armed bandits and the 17 passengers were kidnapped.
In a related development, 24 people, mostly traders, who travelling in a commercial bus, were abducted near Labi village along the same route yesterday May 23rd.
The victims were on their way to Kano to buy goods.
This news come barely a month after expatriates from Germany were abducted by Gunmen in Kano.
Five gunmen had been reported to have allegedly ambushed a vehicle carrying construction workers and opened fire on them along Sabon Titi Madobi road at around 7:45 a.m. (0645 GMT), a police spokesman had said.
The road is on the outskirts of the state’s capital city, also called Kano.
The vehicle was carrying staff of Dantata & Sawoe Construction Company, a Nigerian firm, to a building site, Kano police said in a statement.
A police sergeant, who was part of a protection unit escorting the group, was killed and the German man was abducted, the statement added.
The “manhunt of the abductors is ongoing,” said Kano state police in a statement.
The German embassy in Nigeria declined to comment.
The company also did not immediately respond to calls and an email requesting comment.
While the gunmen’s motive iis not yet clear, kidnapping for ransom is common in parts of Nigeria.
The abductions were originally targeted at expatriates in the s
The NURTW chairman said reports reaching his office, claims that the kidnappers have taken all the 24 abductees into the bush, after forcing them to remove their clothes, while the women among them were forced to remove their veils.
The state police command is yet to address this development.