The Kaduna State Government has condemned the killing of Numana Chief, HRH Mr. Gambo Makama, and his wife which occurred when unknown gunmen stormed his house in the early hours of the New-Year. The Etum Numana, and his pregnant wife were reportedly killed in Arak, a village in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State.
The assailants reportedly broke into Makama’s residence and opened fire on three persons. The third identified as the son of the traditional ruler. While Makama and his wife died on the spot, his son was taken to the hospital.
In a press briefing in Kaduna by Governor el-Rufai’s Spokesperson, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, Monday, he described the late Etum Numana as a peacemaker who was committed to peace and development in his chiefdom.
“The government commiserates with the immediate 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 as a calculated threat to peace, and a most unfortunate attempt to intrude into a new year a pattern of criminality that needlessly threatens the right of citizens to security, life and liberty.
“All those with useful information are enjoined to forward to the relevant security agencies and the information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
“Government has directed the security agencies to investigate this criminal incident and bring the assailants to justice. We urge the people of Numana Chiefdom to remain calm and to support the security agencies as they investigate this latest threat to the hard-won peace in the area.”
The statement added that security agencies had also taken necessary measures to assign more personnel to the area to ensure peace.
Makama, who was one of the Second Class traditional rulers in the Southern Senatorial District of Kaduna State had travelled from his palace in Gwantu, the headquarters of Sanga Local Government, to his village, Arak, to celebrate the New Year with his second wife when the incident happened.
A source in Arak said the gunmen who covered their faces with masks entered the house and began shooting, killing him and his wife while wounding his other son who was close by. The wife was said to be pregnant.
The gun men after killing the chief and his wife also set the house and his car which was parked in the premises ablaze before taking to their heels.
Chairman of Sanga Development Association, Prince Bala Audu, who spoke on the incident on phone said it happened few minutes after midnight.
“He was seated with his second wife who is pregnant; then suddenly gunmen which I was told covered their faces with masks invaded the house and opened fire at them, alongside his son who is about 45 years.
“The Chief and his wife died on the spot, the son did not die but he sustained serious injuries and was rushed to the hospital.
“The gunmen set the house ablaze and burnt a vehicle which was recently given to the Chief as a gift.
“Immediately they committed the dastardly act, they fled into the bush and escaped,” he said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Mukhtar Aliyu, confirmed the attack.
Mr. Aliyu said the police command received the report of the attack around midnight on Sunday, but said that the assailants had fled before the police arrived the scene, hence no arrest had been made. He appealed for calm as the command was doing everything possible to get to the root of the matter.
Meanwhile, the killing has thrown the residents of Gwantu town into mourning. At least 10 people have been killed in separate attacks in southern Kaduna in the two weeks.
The first attack occurred on December 22 in Nidem village, Kaninkon district in Jama’a local government area of the state. Gunmen had invaded the village square where a Christmas Carol was going on. Four people were killed in the incident.
In the second attack which took place in Anguwan Mailafiya, Gwong Chiefdom also in Jama’a local government area, on Christmas eve, six people were killed.
Last week, the Kaduna state government said more troops had been deployed to southern Kaduna to beef up security.
However, the Governor appealed to the people of Numana Chiefdom to remain calm and to support the security agencies as they continue to investigate the crime, which he said had been threatening the hard-won peace across the Southern Kaduna area of the State.