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Nigeria: Gunmen Kill Village Head, Four Others

| May 15, 2012 More

Rigasa community, a suburb of the Kaduna metropolis, was on Friday night thrown into mourning when unidentified gunmen stormed the area, killing the village head and a police sergeant.

Two policemen including a mobile police officer and a sergeant were also killed on the same Friday night when unknown gunmen attacked a divisional police headquarters in Misau local government area of Bauchi State.

Also there were attacks in Shira and Tafawa Balewa local governments.

Two people were killed while several others were injured by gunmen in Kutaru village, near Zwall in Tafawa Balewa local government area of the state.

The secretary of the Sayawa Elders’ Council in the local government, Barrister Bukata Zhadi, said the attackers who were armed with sophisticated weapons stormed the village around 1 am and killed two people and injured many who have been admitted in a hospital in Plateau State.

Zhadi appealed to the government and relevant authorities to come to the aid of their people to avoid unnecessary molestations, saying the despicable acts have continued to throw them into panic.

The hoodlums whose number is yet to be ascertained have also raided a new-generation bank in the area where they reportedly bombed it and carted away undisclosed sum of money.

Eyewitnesses revealed that one of the miscreants was eventually killed during an exchange of gunshots between them and a team of army personnel at a checkpoint along Azare highway in the state.

The state commissioner of police, Muhammed Ladan, who confirmed the incident to LEADERSHIP SUNDAY on phone, said he was yet to assess the level of damage as at press time.

“Yes, it is true that there was an attack in Yana town in Misau local government area. Hoodlums attacked the divisional police headquarters and a bank with guns and explosives.

Aslo, the village head of Rigasa, a surbub in Kaduna, Mal. Yahaya Mohammed Danmadami, popularly known as Sarkin Arewa, was gunned down in his house by heavily armed militants.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that after killing him in his house at PRP bus-stop junction, the same gang of gunmen traced a police sergeant and killed him 30 minutes later.

A top security source who pleaded for anonymity said the group which perpetrated the act were members of the Boko Haram sect.

Our source who was part of the reinforcement to Rigasa said the traditional ruler, Sarkin Arewa Rigasa Malam Yahaya was shot along Danmadami Road in the area. The police officer was followed and gunned down again by the same set of gunmen who, after killing him, fled the scene without any interference by security agencies.

Confirming his father’s death, one of the sons of the village head, Mohammed Kabiru, said the gunmen who were three in number shot his father and took off immediately.”They came on a motorcycle, entered inside the room and opened fire on my father. Immediately they shot him and left, we took him to hospital but he could not survive the bullet wounds,” he said.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY learnt that the situation has created panic among other traditional rulers in the area.

Our correspondent gathered that the sect members have embarked on killing traditional rulers on the grounds that traditional rulers are aiding security agencies with information about their movement in the community.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY gathered that this is the first time the group would be killing a royal father. As thousands of residents have abandoned their homes for fear of being attacked by the sect, more armed soldiers and policemen have been drafted to beef up security in the area.

The Friday killings have brought the number to 15 of officers and other paramilitary that have fallen to bandits’ bullets recently in the area.

The Kaduna State police command confirmed the killings, saying that an investigation had since commenced with a view to arresting the perpetrators.

According the police public relation officer, DSP Aminu Lawan, the bandits killed the village head and the sergeant and ran away.

In another development, unidentified gunmen on Friday night killed one Baba Alhaji who is a brother to a veteran politician in Gombe State.

He was shot dead around Bolari area within Gombe metropolis and he immediately died on the spot while being rushed to the hospital.

The situation created panic within the area as people were seen running helter-skelter for fear of being attacked. Most of them closed their businesses and ran back to their houses.

Security operatives cordoned off the area by adopting stop-and-search.

According to a relative of late Baba, funeral prayer was performed in their family house and he had been buried according to Islamic rites.

In yet another development in Taraba State, a suspected militant on motorbike threw a grenade close to a commercial bank in Ungwan Dorawa. Hundreds of people panicked and took to their heels as the device exploded. A source disclosed that a few people were wounded.

Category: Bauchi State News

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