No fewer than eight have been killed as gunmen attacked a Zamfara monarch, the Emir of Kaura Namoda Sanusi Muhammad, at Marabar Maska in Katsina State.
Three (3) policemen and five (5) palace guards reportedly lost their lives.
An uncle to the Emir, Abdulkarim Ahmad-Asha, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the incident occurred around 3 a.m. on Friday.
“The gunmen shot at a Hilux vehicle at the front and killed the driver, three policemen and four others. In all, eight people were killed,” the uncle said.
A statement signed by the Katsina State Police Command public relations officer, SP Gambo Isah and made available to newsmen also confirmed the incident.
The statement reads in part: “On 18/12/2020 at about 0030hrs, the convoy of Emir of Kauran Namoda, Alhaji Muhammad Sunusi while on transit from Abuja to Zamfara state was attacked at Funtua, along Funtua – Gusau road.
“The police men in the front escort vehicle engaged the bandits in a gun duel and as a result of which the driver of the vehicle was shot at and lost control of the vehicle and summersaulted off the road and fell into a nearby pond.
“Subsequently, a team of police men led by DPO Funtua arrived the scene rescued the Emir and recovered eight (8) dead bodies, comprising three (3) police men and five (5) palace guards. Investigation is ongoing”, he said.