Elections: Lawmaker, policeman, seven others killed in Gombe

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A member of Gombe State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Aminu, a policeman and seven others were killed by insurgents on Saturday.
The insurgents, who attacked Dukku and Nafada local government areas of the state, were said to have killed the lawmaker representing Dukku South Constituency on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
His name is listed as the APC candidate for the April 11 House of Assembly election.
A source said that the insurgents, who came from Yobe, initially attacked Shole, Birin Bolewa and Birin Fulani towns of Nafada and later attacked Dukku.
There was confusion in the two areas as some voters left the polling units but others later returned to be accredited.
According to a source, the insurgents killed three persons in Nafada Local Government Area, including a policeman, and killed six persons in Dukku Local Government Area, including the legislator.
The source further said the insurgents left on the Dukku-Darazo road after the attack.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Fwaje Atajiri, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), confirmed the report, adding that details of the incident would be given after investigations were completed.
“There was an attack on the outskirts of Nafada in an attempt to disrupt the elections. A joint team of military and policemen promptly moved to Dukku and pushed the insurgents to the bush,” he said.
Atajiri said elections were going on in the area and other areas of the state as the Special Forces were in control of the situation.
Reacting to the death of his colleague, a member representing Akko North Constituency at the House of Assembly, Alhaji Gidado Lawanti, described his death as unfortunate.
He described the deceased legislator as “a friendly and nice person who went along with everybody”.
Lawanti prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased.

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