By Jacob Ndifreke – Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, January 16, 2020.
Potiskum, a largely rural settlement located in the Northern part of Nigeria in the wake of Tuesday was badly hit by suspected gunmen which led to the death of six people, including the drivers of the Emir of Potiskum.
The suspected gunmen who were allegedly dressed in Nigerian military clothes were said to have opened fire on the convoy of the Emir, Umar Bubaram at about 11 pm GMT+1 around the Maraban Jos busy highway.
The Northern part of Nigeria for almost a decade now has become a haven for terrorist activities with tales of kidnapping, wanton killing and insecurity menace to its glaring record. The attack is among the many violent attacks unleashed by bandits in the area.
Security reports made available by the police on Wednesday revealed many feared dead while several commuters who sustained some degree of injuries are receiving treatment in a hospital in the area.
Also, police in a fresh statement on Wednesday night further revealed the Emir sustained injuries in the attack and that investigation has been opened to fish out the culprit.
The spokesman of the police in Kaduna state, Sabo Abubakar disclosed only six persons were killed while five sustained injuries. Abubakar also revealed many commuters were kidnapped by the gunmen.
Meanwhile, as of Wednesday morning the death toll according to top security personnel who hinted National Telegraph had risen to about 30.
While strongly condemning the attack on the Potiskum people, the Federal government of Nigeria and the Senate house commiserate with the victims and called for more proactive measures to fight the insurgents tearing the region.