Bandits on Thursday afternoon killed the son of the Emir of Kontagora in Niger State, Alhaji Bashar Saidu Namaska, the Sardauna of Kontagora. Also killed is the driver of the deceased and some of his staff.
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 Emir’s son, his driver and others instantly.
The exact number of people killed could not be confirmed at press time.
It was 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 gotten married before the last Ramadan.
According to reports, the burial arrangement for the deceased Emir’s son will be announced in due course.