Residents of Ungwan Rimi community, in Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State, were yesterday thrown into a state of panic when a dreaded ‘Sara-suka’ gang invaded the community and macheted 22-year-old man, Shamsudeen Abdullhamid to death.
Information gathered from the area revealed that the gang, numbering about 20 stormed the community in three tricycles popularly known as ‘keke Napep’ and started attacking any young man on sight in the area.
It was further gathered that the deceased, Shamsudeen, a carpenter, was on his way to his workshop when he was unaware of the dangerous gang and innocently walked
into the gang along Jama’a road in Ungwa Rimi.
An eye witness, Usman Aliyu said the gang members started cutting the late Shamsudeen with their machete and even used a stone to smash his head, while shouting in Hausa, ‘who so ever can save him to come out, we are on ground waiting for such person’.
Speaking to newsmen at Shehu Laminu road, residence of the deceased, his mother, Hajiya Husaina Abubakar said her son bid her farewell around 8.10am in the morning and about 40 minutes later she received a call that her son was at Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital dead.
She further said that her late son was a peace loving man whom she could not remember of having any problem with anybody.
The elder brother of the deceased, Aminu Abdullhamid, said when he got the information about what happened to his brother, he organized some people and rushed to the scene where they saw him in the pool of his blood with machete cuts all around his body and his head smashed open.
According to him, they immediately used the uncle’s car to convey him to Ungwa Rimi Divisional Police office in order to get a police escort to the hospital, but the police told them they should go while they will meet them at the hospital. After much persuasion, they had to take the body to Barau Dikko hospital.
Police Public Relations Officer of Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Zubairu Abdullahi, said the police wer on top of the situation and that a crack team had been deployed to the area to restore order.
As at the time of filing this report, about 12 Hilux vehicles of the Kaduna State Security outfit, ‘Operation Yakl’ filled with security operatives were seen patrolling Ungwa Rimi community.
The Chief Imam of the Shehu Laminu road Mosque, Sheikh Gambo Zaria, who led prayer for the repose of the soul of the deceased, called on Kaduna State government and security operatives to act fast and bring to an end the activities of the ‘sara suka’ gang in the community whom he said had been terrorizing and intimidating innocent people both day and night.
In a swift reaction, the Kaduna state governor, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai condemned the gang activities.
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the Governor said, “I have directed the Police to work hand in hand with the Ministry of Justice and bring to book all the culprits involved in this lawlessness and violence that took place.’’

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