Motorbike Gunmen kill 7 in Kano, 3 Igbos and Others



The Jihadist influenced violence may appear spiraling out of control in the northern part of Nigeria of recent days – following the failed attack on the Emir of Kano’s convoy along Ribadu road at Hawusawa community of Kano State.

Information available to indicates that following the attack on the Emir by gunmen on motorbikes, the governor of Kano State, Malam Rabiu Kwankwaso who took the decision to ban the operators of Okada [motorbikes] from operating within Kano State, appeared to have unsettled the beehive. With only hours after the announcement of the banning, a group of unknown gunmen on motorbike armed with AK47s shot and killed seven [7] people along Zango road in Dakata town in Kano.

According to the information gathered, the shooting incident occurred on the evening [6pm] of Tuesday January 22, 2013 – as traders and civil servants had returned home for the day – and have begun settling into the various ‘hang out’ joints around Dakata.

The attack came sudden. They were said to have come with two or three motorbikes – as they shot directly at people gathered near an ongoing game of draught [checkers]. At the end of the shooting incident which lasted about 7-10minutes, 7 bodies lay dead in their pool of blood.

Three of the dead were immediately identified as being Igbo – one Anambra, one Imo and one Abia State. One was identified as being Yoruba and the other from Kogi State. The remainder of the two were not immediately identified. The Abia State man was identified as Ezekiel Ogbanje from Isikwuato. He was the Vice Chairman of the Isikwuato community union in Kano.

Their corpse were deposited that the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital.

The Kano State police public relations officer, Malam Magaji, was contacted but he declined to comment.



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