Palace chief dies after farm attack
Residents of Zuba Chiefdom were yesterday thrown in to mourning over the death of their palace chief, Alhaji Nuhu Zuba (Maji Dadin Zuba), a week after some suspected gunmen allegedly attacked him on his farm.
The Agora of Zuba, Alhaji Mohammed Bello Umar, who spoke with our reporter immediately after the deceased was buried at the Muslim cemetery, Zuba, said the late palace chief died at about 8:30a.m.last Friday at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada.
He said the deceased, who was 64, was returning from Tungan Maje to Zuba, when he sighted smoke billowing at his farm and decided to go back and check.
He said on arrival at the farm the deceased saw 14 people rearing cattle in his maize farm.
He said when the deceased queried the herders for destroying his maize, they attacked him with their sticks and abandoned him in a comma.
“Shortly after, a Fulani man phoned that my palace chief was dead that I should send someone to come and pick his corpse. But luckily, he was still breathing, and I directed that they rush him to the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital at Gwagwalada. He gave up this morning,” he said.
The Agora condemned the attack, saying despite the fact that he had always summoned security meetings at his palace, some herders still went ahead and attacked his palace chief.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and urged the family members to take heart.
When contacted, the Zuba Divisional Police Officer, CSP Eze Nwankeneme said he was not aware of the incident.
He said nobody reported such case at the station.
The deceased Alhaji Nuhu Zuba (Maji-Dadi Zuba)