As the state of emergency slammed on Adamawa,Borno, and Yobe states hopefully enters its last lap ,another attack on Nigerians has been launched in Adamawa state,during which at least eight persons were massacred by yet to be identified gunmen at Itiku Village of Madagali local government area. Residents and local officials confirmed that sixteen others sustained injuries.
Reports said that the unidentified gunmen in the early hours of Wednesday attacked and ransacked Itiku village, in Madagali local area of the State.
President Goodluck Jonathan’s Special adviser on political matters, Alhaji Ali Gulak hails from the area where he was recently hosted to a lavish reception over his appointment.
Adamawa State Deputy Governor, Barrister Bala Ngilari and the Adamawa House Speaker, Hon. Umaru Fintiri also hail from the same local government area.
Reports from Madagali, a border local government between Adamawa and Borno States indicated that the gunmen numbering about fifty had earlier attacked some houses of notable personalities in the area.
The casualty figure occasioned by the attack according to report was high as the entire town was thrown into sporadic shootings and heavy explosions that lasted close to an hour.
‘’The entire town was completely enveloped by stampede, even as casualty figure occasioned by the stampede was high because many were hit by stray bullets.
‘’They came in the early hours attacking houses of notable personalities slaughtering people like animals.
‘’Many were killed and several others had gun shot wounds or sustained injuries while running for their lives.it was later after the attackers have fled that we saw soldiers ,’’ said a fleeing resident who simply identified himself as Mallam Ahmad.
In a tearful mood, another resident Mrs Bebi Dogara said that the gunmen entered the village and went house-to-house “calling people and slaughtering them”.
A local health official who doesn’t want his name to be mentioned as he was not authorized to speak to newsmen confirmed that eight persons were killed and sixteen others injured.
‘’ On our arrival, with other security operatives to ascertain the situation, we have counted eight corpses and at least 16 other people were seriously injured,’’ said the health worker.
When contacted, the army spokesman in the state Captain Jafaru Nuhu said he was yet to get details of the attack but assured that the soldiers , ‘’ are on the top of the situation.’’
‘’Soldiers are everywhere in Adamawa state on patrol and stop and search routines duty.While others deployed to strategic locations,we have been recording success as our men were able to arrest many suspects with
the help of the Civilian JTF.
‘’We are therefore, calling on the good people of Adamawa to please kindly assist us with useful information that could help in tracking down the insurgents,’’said Captain Jafaru Nuhu, the army spokesman.
This is the second attack since the emergency rule was imposed in the state five months ago.