By Tony Akowe
The family residence of the Vice- President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo in the Tudun Wada area of Zaria was on Monday attacked by unknown gunmen.
A shoe cobbler was killed, while two policemen guarding the building were also wounded in the attack.
The house which is not inhabited at the moment was razed down during the pos-t election violence that engulfed the state last year and renovation work was said to have recently began on it.
The three gunmen, who reportedly drove to the residence on a motor bike shot at the two policemen on duty in the house and killed the cobbler who was polishing the shoes of one of the policemen.
While one of the policemen was reportedly shot on the leg, the other sustained gunshot wound on the hand.
The duo have been admitted at the Ahamdu Bello University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
The Nation gathered that the gunmen came to the VPs residence at about 11:00am and opened fire on the unsuspecting mobile policemen and in the process, one of the policemen was shot on the leg and the other on the hand.
“The three gunmen who were on a motor bike stormed the house located at Tudun-Wada area of the city and open fired at the policemen guarding the house. The shoe cobbler was actually shinning the shoes belonging to of one of the policemen attached to the house when they shot at the policemen.
“They actually got two of them, one on the leg and the other one on the hand. The bullet also hit a shoe cobbler and he died on the spot. I don’t think he was their target,” an eye witness told The Nation.
The Acting Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Abubakar Balteh, confirmed the report.
He said the cobbler died on the spot from a stray bullet following the exchange of fire between the policemen and their attackers.