Crime and Security

Gunmen attack naming ceremony, kill pregnant woman, 15 others in Nasarawa

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Gunmen on Sunday night stormed a community in Nasarawa State where the indigenes were celebrating during a naming ceremony and opened fire on the people killing 15 person, including a pregnant woman.

Chairman of Akwanga Local Government of Nasarawa State, Mr Samuel Mashi,who made this known, Monday, said the gunmen carried out the dastardly action in Numa village of the area..

Mashi told newsmen that the gunmen attacked the community at about 10pm during a naming ceremony.

“They just started shooting sporadically on a community that was just having merriment.

“Unfortunately 16 people were killed in cold blood for just no reason,” he said.

The chairman said that security had been beefed up in the affected community and environs to forestall reprisal attacks and further breakdown of law and order.

Similarly, Chairman of the Traditional Council of Akwanga, Mr Samson Gamu-Yare, Chun-Mada described the attack as barbaric.

He added that apart from the 16 people killed, so many others were injured and are receiving treatment in various hospitals.

He called on the state and federal government to urgently fish out the perpetrators of the attack.

The monarch urged people of the affected community to remain law abiding even in the face of the unprovoked attack.

Confirming the incident, Mohammed Akira, Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal investigation Department (CID), said the command had mobilized to the area to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

Gunmen had in March 2019, attacked and killed people in Merte and Nandem communities of the same LGA. 

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