Gunmen kill Nasarawa traditional ruler

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Unidentified gunmen on Friday night invaded Odu community in Nasarawa Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, killing the traditional ruler, Mr Amos Ewa Obere, a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police.

It was learnt that the traditional ruler, who sustained a serious injury in his stomach after he was shot by the gunmen, was being rushed to Mararaba Udege General Hospital for medical attention, but he died along the way.

Obere, until his death, was the ward head of his community and other surrounding villages.

An eyewitness said the unidentified gunmen, who stormed the community in large numbers, shot sporadically to scare the people of the community, before carrying out the attack on their traditional ruler.

He said, “When they stormed the community, they went straight to the palace and dragged the traditional ruler out and told him that ‘your days on earth are finished’.

“Then, they fired at him. Before people could rush down to know what was happening, they ran away.”

Pioneer chairman of NUJ in Nasarawa State, Mr Joel Ogapa, who is from the area, confirmed the incident, describing it as unfortunate.

Ogapa also said that the insecurity in Nasarawa Local Government Area had become alarming, saying, “I have not been home in the last two years due to high level of insecurity.”

Chairman of Nasarawa Local Government Area, Mohammed Otto and the state Police Public Relations Officer, Rahman Nansel, couldn’t be reached for comments.Their phones were switched off.