No fewer than 11 persons including a policeman and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) officer were confirmed dead after a car rammed into a procession of Christian youths (mostly Boys Brigade members) who were on an Easter rally Sunday night in Gombe town.
Blueprint correspondent gathered early Monday morning, youths were on their usual Easter rally in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave when the unidentified NSCDC and his Police friend came across them during the procession at Alheri Junction, Biu Road, Gombe.
Chairman of the Gombe State Battalion Brigade of the Boys Brigade (BB), Isaac Kwadang, told reporters that he received information about the incident around 11:30 pm on Sunday..
According to him, the civil Defense officer, though not on official duty, met the procession while passing and after exchanging words with the youths, drove past but put off his car’s full light and ran into them from behind, killing eight on the spot.
He stated further, that the youths chased the security officers, caught them and mobbed them to death.
He said though it wasn’t easy calming the youths down, they are still prevailing on the youths against further confrontation.
The chief medical director of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Shuaibu Muazu, confirmed that some dead bodies from the incident have been deposited in the mortuary.
The Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr. Godwin Omuko, confirmed the incident to newsmen on phone and said his men were among those that brought the dead bodies to the hospital.