Gunmen invade Nasarawa community, kill 15
By Sani Ahmed, Lafia
No fewer than fifteen persons was killed by suspected Fulani militias on Sunday Numa village in Andaha community of Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
It was gathered that the victims were attacked during naming ceremony.
The senator representing Nasarawa North Senatorial District, Philip Gyunka, who confirmed the ugly incident to journalists in Akwanga, the headquarters of Akwanga Local Government said the celebrants made up of the father, mother and the son.
The lawmaker described the killings as unfortunate, barbaric and uncalled for.
“The unfortunate thing is that the celebrants — the father, mother and the boy — were killed. A pregnant woman is involved in this attack. An aged person above 100 years is also involved in the attack.
“They did not spare women or children and this are the people that don’t have arms”, he said.
Gyunka called on the federal government to establish a military base in Akwanga, saying, the place is a range for people from Calabar, Maiduguri etc. meet in Akwanga to go to Abuja.
He said, “You can see that incidents of kidnapping and robbery on the Akwanga – Abuja road. This is as result of people moving with weapons unchecked.”
Also speaking to journalists in his palace, the paramount ruler of the Mada nation, Samuel Gamu-Yare, said, “This thing happened like a thunder strike in the night and the terrain was too accessible and when we informed the police, the perpetrators have vanished.”
He added, “We have 16 deaths while several others were critically wounded. The militias interacted with the celebrants during the naming ceremony before they suddenly resolve to sporadic shooting.
“Some of the assassins were identified and some names were mentioned and handed over to the security agents,” the monarch revealed.
The monarch also described the situation unfortunate, devastating.
According to him, a peaceful, law-abiding and innocent community like mine, which over decades have never involved in skirmishes either internally or externally, would be attacked when in celebration mood of a naming ceremony by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.