By Samuel Aruwan
An eye witness yesterday explained how gunmen killed about 45 persons at the weekend in renewed attacks in Sanga local government area of the state. After which, mob attacked officials of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) accusing them of belated intervention.
The officials were only able to visit two out of seven camps internally displaced persons are being camped in the troubled area
The source, Peter Audu who explained how gunmen entered the villages said the men stormed Ambe and Ungwan Pah villages, after retreating from security agencies blockage from villages earlier attacked near Fadan Karshi.
He said “They came in the night and killed about 37 in Ambe village, they were chased out in other locations, thinking they have fled, they now resurfaced in our village and 18 in Ungwan Pah and left when security were alerted and started heading to the villages.”
Explaining how NEMA officials were attacked by mob, its zonal coordinator, Alhaji Musa Illala, in a statement, said: “A team of emergency personnel led by NEMA narrowly escaped getting lynched by irate youths in Sanga local government area of Southern Kaduna state, last Friday.
“The team mission was abruptly ended at the IDP’s Camp in ERCC Church when some angry youths armed with dangerous weapons begin chanting and pouring negative statements of rejecting any kind of humanitarian gesture. Having sensing the looming danger, the emergency officials hurriedly left the place.”
He added that the agency’s staff and other critical stakeholders in disaster management visited the scenes of the incidents, Police Post Division and the ERCC Church in Gwantu, and some of the places being put in place as an Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp were affected victims are taking solace.
In the process, he further said the NEMA’s official Toyota Hiace bus transporting the team was not spared as the enraged youth pounced on the vehicle, hitting every side of the body but no damage was recorded.