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Pictures of some of the wounded youths

  Tension in Gombe over killing of Boys’ Brigade members during Easter Parade; Deputy Gov., CAN leadership appeal for calm (See pictures of some of the wounded youths)  

Gov. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State
Typical Boys’ Brigade parades

Pictures of some of the wounded youths

No fewer than eleven persons including a Police personnel and a Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) officer were confirmed dead after a car rammed into a procession of Christian youths (mostly Boys Brigade members) who were on an Easter rally Sunday night in Gombe town.

Our Correspondent gathered early Monday morning that the youths were on their usual Easter rally in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ when the unidentified NSCDC officer and his Police friend came across them at Alheri Junction, Biu Road, Gombe.

Chairman of the Gombe State Battalion Brigade of the Boys Brigade (BB), Isaac Kwadang told reporters that he received information about the incident around 11:30pm Sunday night.

According to him, the Civil Defense officer, though not on official duty, met the procession while passing and after exchanging words with the youths, he passed them, turned around, put off his car’s full light and ran into them from behind, killing eight on the spot and wounding many.

Kwadang stated further that the youths chased the security officers, caught and mobbed them to death. He said that though it has not been easy calming the youths down, they are still prevailing on them against further confrontation.

The Chief Medical Director of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital, Dr. Shuaibu Muazu confirmed that some dead bodies from the incident have been deposited in the hospital.

The Sector Commander of Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Godwin Omuko, confirmed the incident to newsmen on phone and said his men were among those that brought the dead bodies to the hospital.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor of Gombe State and the  leadership of the Christian  Association of Nigeria (CAN), North East Chapter on Monday appealed  on the Christian Community  to remain calm.

The appeal followed the death of the youths who were  hit by the car during  their procession on Sunday night within Gombe metropolis ahead of the Easter Monday celebrations.

NAN reports that the car allegedly ran into the group of Boys’ Brigade from  ECWA Church from  Bamusa, Barunde and  from St Peter’s Anglican Church,Madaki around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday night while they were in a procession.

They were on a procession to Sabon-Layi Area of Gombe Metropolis where they were expected to celebrate Easter on Monday.

The dead and injured were said to have been rushed to the Gombe State Specialist Hospital as soon as the incident happened.

Rev. Abare Kala, the North East CAN Chairman made the appeal for calm in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Monday.

Kala said that the association would follow due process to seek redress over the situation.

Kala said that the Christian body was making efforts that would ensure that the situation was properly managed.

“We call on the Christian Community in Gombe to take the situation in good faith, be calm and also follow the right channels in seeking redress on the issue on ground.

“Two wrongs cannot make a right. So, I appeal for caution in the process of addressing the issue. If we apply the wrong approach, it will lead to another issue.

“For now, we are trying to calm the situation by appealing to Christians to see reasons for calm and allow the authorities concerned to take necessary measures.

“We have informed the security agencies concerned about the situation on ground.

“We are aware of the pain this sad event had caused, but let’s be calm and allow the leadership to handle the matter,” he said.

The Gombe State Deputy Governor, Charles Iliya, who was accompanied by the state CAN Chairman, Reverend Ibrahim Joda as well as the Northeast CAN chairman, Reverend Abare Kalla, on a visit to the injured in the hospital also appealed for calm as he assured that Government will not allow the unfortunate incident to go just like that.
Addressing parents and other mourners who thronged the Gombe state Specialist Hospital where the dead were deposited at the mortuary and the injured are receiving treatment, Iliya also said the State Government will foot the hospital bills of all those receiving treatment as a result of the incident.
The Deputy Governor, who spoke amidst boos and jeers from the angry youths, said he was pained too and that Government was not behind the unfortunate incident, stressing that “we have spoken to the security authorities and they have assured us that action will be taken”.
Earlier, while going round with the Deputy Governor, the Gombe state CAN Chairman, Reverend Ibrahim Joda, appealed for calm among the Christian faithful and described the incident as a very sad moment for Christians in this period of Easter when they were supposed to be celebrating the resurrection of the risen Lord. He also offered prayers for healing of the injured and for the repose of the souls of those that died.

The Gombe State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer( PRO) , Mary Malum,  who confirmed the accident, said that  10 persons died from it.

Malum added that 30 others were being treated for various injuries they sustained from the mishap.

Malum said that eight out of the 10 dead persons were members of the Gombe State Boys’ Brigade while the other two were the driver of the car and his friend.

She said that the police had started its investigation on the matter.

Michael Achika, the Captain of the ECWA Church’s Boys’ Brigade from Bogo (Gombe State), appealed to the government to offset  the bills that would be incurred by those undergoing treatment.

Achika also urged the government to compensate   the families of the deceased.

He commended the staff of the Gombe State Specialist Hospital for quickly attending to  the injured when they were taken there.

He said that the victims were responding to treatment.


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