The Oasis Reporters
January 1, 2018
The peace of Numana Chiefdom was disrupted at dawn on New year day when unknown gunman invaded the village and gunned down the Etum Numana, Mr. Gambo Makama and his pregnant wife in Arak, a village in Sanga local government area of Kaduna state.
Makama, who was one of the second class traditional rulers in the Southern Senatorial district of Kaduna had travelled from his palace in Gwantu, 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, according to a Daily Trust Newspaper report.
Chairman of Sanga Development Union, 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.
Kaduna state police spokesman Aliyu Mukhtar confirmed the incident. “We got a distress call about 4am that armed men stormed his house and shot him and his wife. Before our arrival to the house, the hoodlums had set the place ablaze and fled. We were not able to arrest them but we are intensifying efforts to ensure that,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Kaduna State Government said it has received with sadness report of the killing of the Etum Numana, His Royal Highness, Gambo Makama”, and that “security agencies have confirmed that the Etum Numana was killed along with his wife at their residence in the early hours of 1st January 2018 by yet unknown assassins”.
In it’s Press release which The Oasis Reporters also received, it 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” .
The state government “has directed the security agencies to investigate this criminal incident and bring the assailants to justice” while urging 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 security agencies have also taken necessary measures to assign more personnel to the area to keep the peace”.
Government’s Media and Publicity Unit