Gunmen, at the break of the New Year, invaded Arak village, in the Sango Local Government Area of Kaduna State, killing the paramount ruler, Etum Numana ll, Dr Gambo Makama, and his pregnant wife.
Sango, with headquarters at Gwantu, is hundreds of kilometres away from Kaduna metropolis, and located in the southern part of Kaduna.
The Monday attack was third in the series of attacks in the Southern Kaduna within a week.
The first was in Nindem in Godogodo chiefdom, in the Jema’ah LGA where a lone gunman attacked Christians observing the Christmas carol on December 23, 2017, killing four persons and injuring eight others.
In less than 24 hours, gunmen again attacked a nearby village on Christmas Eve, killing six persons and injuring several others.
In the latest attack, it was learnt that the monarch had travelled from his place in Gwantu to celebrate the New Year with his subjects in his village, Arak, but was murdered around 12.07am.
It was gathered that the gunmen, who reportedly opened fire on the entire family, including the monarch’s 45-year-old son, fled into the bush after the attack.
The traditional ruler and his pregnant wife died on the spot, while the son who sustained serious injuries, was rushed to a hospital.
The monarch’s house was said to have been razed by the attackers, who reportedly wore masks.
The spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, ASP Mukhtar Aliyu, said, “We got a distress call about 4am that armed men stormed the monarch’s house and shot him and his wife.
“The hoodlums also set his palace ablaze before fleeing. We are intensifying efforts to ensure that we arrest them.”
The Chairman of Sango Development, Bala Audu, said the monarch was with his second wife when the gunmen invaded his home.
The chairman said, “The traditional ruler was seated with his second wife, who was pregnant. The gunmen, who covered their faces with masks, suddenly invaded the house and opened fire on them.”
The state Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday condemned the attack and ordered security operatives to fish out the attackers.
He said the attack was a calculated threat to peace in the area and the entire state.
The governor, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said, “The late Etum Numana was a peacemaker. The government commiserates with the immediate family of the royal father and his wife, the people of Numana Chiefdom and the entire Sango Local Government Area.
“The government has directed security agencies to investigate this criminal incident and bring the assailants to justice.”
“We urge the people of Numana Chiefdom to remain calm and to support the security agencies as they investigate this latest threat to the hard-won peace in the area.”