BY V. AL-PEA
A young man in Kunga II Ward of Jos north local government area of Plateau State was shot by an unidentified gunmen on January 31st, 2012. The incident occurred around 9:00 p.m. near a filling station about 45 meters away from a military checkpoint. The shooting generated a pandemonium among the predominantly Anaguta residents, who subsequently barricaded the major road from neighboring Bauchi State until security agents stepped in to calmed the irate youths.
Narrating the ordeal to TMV, the father of the deceased, Elder Sani Idi said that the victim, Yusuf Daki was walking home when two Opel Vectra cars suddenly pulled up beside him. The occupants stopped and fired repeatedly, killing him instantly and then speeding towards Bauchi State.
“That night we were home, then suddenly we heard sporadic gunshots and we quickly mobilized and ran to the roadside, the direction of the shots. Then we saw two Opel Vectra cars take off and speed towards Bauchi. We tried to pursue them, but of course we were on foot and were no match for them”. It was a few minutes later that Idi learned his son, 48 years old; husband of two wives and father of 6 children was the victim.
TMV visited the police outpost in Kunga to get comments on the murder, but the officer on duty coldly claimed ignorance. The officer advised TMV to visit Angwa Rogo Divisional Headquarters for details on the case.
Calling on the government and security agents to be more vigilant, Idi lamented that this was the third time such gory incidents have occurred in the community. One of the attacks apparently occurred on January 1st, 2012, but fortunately the victim sustained a nonfatal injury.