Gunmen suspected to be bandits attacked Kontagora, headquarters of Kontagora Local Government Council in Niger State and killed Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the son of the Sarkin Sudan of Kontagora, Alhaji Saidu Namaska.
It was gathered that the gunmen on Thursday afternoon, May 20, invaded a farm belonging to the Emir at Masuge Village, along Kontagora-Rijau road and opened fire, killing the Sardauna of Kontagora, his driver and some of his staff.
According to a source who spoke to Vanguard, the 42-year-old prince and his staff were working on the farm when the bandits who were moving from village to village terrorising and forcefully dispossessing the victims of their property spotted them and immediately opened fire.
The emir’s son was reportedly rushed to the Kontagora General Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
Although only the emir’s son, his driver and one other person were confirmed dead as of Thursday, the sourced disclosed to the publication that the death toll could be more.
It was further learnt that a number of cattle belonging to the deceased were taken away from the farm by the bandits.
The deceased was 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.