Kano State Police command and the state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday engaged in war of words over the actual number of factory workers killed over 10 days ago by unknown gunmen at Shekar Maidaki in Kumbotso local government area of the state.
While Kano State CAN chairman, Bishop Ransome Bello was quoted by a large section of the media on Thursday as saying 13 people had been killed in the attack, the state police command said only eight persons was confirmed killed in the attack.
It would be recalled that on Saturday, February 23, 2013, some gunmen drove to the area in a cab around 7pm when the Muslim prayer was held and demanded to know why the men were not about joining other Muslim faithful to say their prayer. Upon responding that they are Christians and so couldn’t have joined the prayers, the gunmen reportedly separated the men from women and children, before killing them.
But in a reaction to the killing at a morning press conference yesterday the state commissioner of police, Alhaji Musa Daura, said the command had received “distress call” on at about 2200hrs on the said date that “unknown gunmen [have] attacked and killed innocent people in Shekar-Maidaki in the suburb of Kumbotso local government area.”
He said, following the incident, the command immediately deployed armed security men to the scene to arrest of the perpetrators of the attack, before they escaped.
“The security agents discovered eight people were killed and a reasonable number of people were arrested and brought to the station for investigation. The command will make it public, the outcome of the investigation,” he said.
However, in a swift reaction to the figure released by the police, Bishop Bello, reiterated his earlier stance that 13 people were killed.