Na­tional park staff hacked to death at Kuje

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

A 35-year-old staffer of the Na­tional Park, Abuja, Dan­ladi Baba, has been hacked to death by sus­pected mo­tor­cy­cle snatch­ers at Sabo vil­lage in Kuje Area Coun­cil of the FCT.

A res­i­dent of the com­mu­nity, Abubakar Bako, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened Thurs­day around 7:34 pm when the de­ceased, who resided at Un­guwar Gede, was am­bushed by the sus­pected mo­tor­cy­cle thieves at a for­est, few me­tres away from Sabo vil­lage.

He said the de­ceased left Kuje, along with his younger brother, on that fateful day to visit a friend at Sabo com­mu­nity, adding he was sit­ting at the back of a mo­tor­cy­cle be­ing driven by his younger brother when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Ac­cord­ing to him, few me­tres away from a neigh­bour­ing Gbedozhi vil­lage, near a stream at a plan­tain farm, one of the sus­pects sud­denly emerged from the bush and flashed a light on the rider’s eyes, mak­ing him to fall by the road side.

Bako said: “When they fell on the ground, the sus­pect called on his col­leagues in the bush and they all trooped out. Be­fore then, the rider of the mo­tor­cy­cle ran into the bush, leav­ing the de­ceased who owned the mo­tor­cy­cle be­hind. The sus­pects used ma­chete to kill the de­ceased and es­caped with the mo­tor­cy­cle.”

Bako said the de­ceased younger brother, who es­caped through bush path back to Sabo vil­lage, placed a phone call to their par­ents at Kuje about the at­tack and some mem­bers of the fam­ily went to the scene.

“When they got there, they met the corpse of the young man ly­ing by the road side with ma­chete cuts all over his body,” he said.

He added that a flash­light and stick were found be­side the corpse of the de­ceased, adding that the corpse was taken to Kuje and the po­lice alerted.

“The po­lice came to see the corpse, while de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion was made to them on how the in­ci­dent oc­curred,’’ Bako added.

When this re­porter vis­ited the de­ceased’s fam­ily on Fri­day, his fa­ther, mother and other mem­bers of the fam­ily wore a mourn­ful look.

City News fur­ther gath­ered that the re­mains of the de­ceased were buried on the same day the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Ef­fort to get the re­ac­tion of the Kuje Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer, Mr. Akeem Hus­sein, was not suc­cess­ful, but a po­lice of­fi­cer at the di­vi­sion, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing the po­lice have com­menced in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter.

The Gomo of Kuje, Al­haji Jib­rin Tanko, said he would not com­ment on the in­ci­dent yet.

Late Dan­ladi Baba

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