Gun­men kill 4 po­lice­men in Numan

Weekly Trust - - News - Kabiru R. An­war, Yola

Mar­kets and shops were closed yes­ter­day in Numan Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Adamawa Stateas peo­ple re­mained in their houses while oth­ers were seen leav­ing the town fol­low­ing ru­mours of an im­pend­ing reprisal af­ter gun­men killed four po­lice­men in a clash.

Re­ports said the po­lice­men had at­tempted to ar­rest some Fu­lani men af­ter a re­cent clash. Adamawa State po­lice spokesman, SP Oth­man Abubakar who con­firmed the in­ci­dent in Yo­layes­ter­day, said four po­lice­men on pa­trol were killed by yet iden­ti­fied gun­men.

“We don’t want to work on spec­u­la­tions and I want to urge the pub­lic and me­dia to shun ru­mours and spec­u­la­tions that would fur­ther raise ten­sion in Numan and its en­vi­rons,” he said.

Peo­ple sus­pected to be mem­bers of the Bachama eth­nic group had ear­lier clashed with a Fu­lani com­mu­nity in the area, re­sult­ing in the deathof atleast 55 peo­ple.

More than 30 per­sons who were in­jured in the at­tack are re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at the Spe­cial­ist Hospi­tal in Yola. Daily Trust learnt that many res­i­dents of the trou­bled ar­eas have fled for fear of reprisal.

The In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice, Idris Ibrahim, who vis­ited the area, had an­nounced the de­ploy­ment of five Mo­bile Po­lice Units to the area.

Shehu K. Goro

Pan­teka Mar­ket in Kaduna, af­ter it was gut­ted by fire on Thurs­day night Photo:

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