Bandits Kill Emir’s Son, Others in Niger
By Laleye Dipo
Bandits Thursday afternoon killed the son of the Emir of Kontagora in Niger State, Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the Sardauna of Kontagora.
Also killed was the driver of the deceased and some of his staff.
He was killed along with others by the bandits on his father’s farm located at Masuga village on the Kontagora-Rijau road.
According to a report from the area, the deceased and his staff were working on the farm when the bandits, who were moving from village to village attacking and dispossessing people of their property, spotted them and immediately opened fire killing the emirs son, his driver and others instantly.
The emir’s son was rushed to the Kontagora General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
The exact number of people killed could not be confirmed at press time.
THISDAY gathered that some cattle belonging to the deceased were rustled during the attack.
It was learnt that the incident has created tension in Kontagora town while the palace was said to have been besieged by sympathisers and mourners.
The deceased, Saidu Namaska, is the heir apparent to the emirship of Kontagora and had been holding court for the Emir, Alhaji Saidu Namaska, since the traditional ruler became indisposed.
He was said to have got married before the last Ramadan.
According to reports, the burial arrangement for the deceased emir’s son will be announced in due course.
All efforts to get police confirmation of the incident was abortive as the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, did not pick calls made to his cell phone.