By Ben Agande
Kaduna—Tragedy struck in Southern Kaduna on New Year day as a traditional ruler, the Etum Numana, Mr. Gambo Makama, and his wife were shot dead, with his palace and car set ablaze.
The son of the traditional ruler was, however, lucky as he survived the attack with gunshot injuries and is being treated at an undisclosed hospital.
The killing of the traditional ruler and his wife has brought to 10 the number of persons killed by unknown gunmen in Southern Kaduna in the last one week.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Mukhtar, who confirmed the killings, said although no arrest had been made, the Police were on the trail of the gunmen.
According to information pieced together by Vanguard, the second class traditional ruler had travelled to his village to celebrate New Year when gunmen, said to be wearing masks, invaded the palace few minutes after midnight and opened fire at them.
While the chief and his pregnant second wife reportedly died on the spot, the son sustained injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
The armed men fled into the bush.
According to Mukhtar, the Police Command had received the report of the attack around midnight on Sunday, but said the assailants had fled before the Police arrived the scene, hence no arrest had been made.
He appealed for calm, saying the Command was doing everything possible to get to the root of the matter.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Government has condemned the killings.
Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, told newsmen in Kaduna, yesterday, that the late Etum Numana was a peacemaker, who was committed to peace and development in his chiefdom.
His words: “Government commiserates with the family of the royal father and his wife, the people of Numana Chiefdom and the entire Sanga Local Government.
“The government condemns this double murder that was a calculated threat to peace, and a most unfortunate attempt to introduce into the New Year a pattern of criminality that needlessly threatens the right of citizens to security, life and liberty.”
He appealed to anyone with useful information on the murder to report such to relevant security agencies and assured them that the information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
He said the government had directed the security agencies to investigate the incident as well as to bring the assailants to justice.
The governor appealed to the people of Numana Chiefdom to remain calm and to support the security agencies as they continue to investigate the crimes, which he said have been threatening the hard-won peace across the Southern Kaduna area of the state.