By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The Police Command in Taraba has confirmed the killing of five persons by unknown gunmen in the early hours of Sunday after the general election.
Mr David Misal, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state confirm this to newsmen in Jalingo.
Misal said the five persons were coming from Umari to Cambri villages in Karim Lamido Local Government Council of Taraba when there were ambushed about 3:00 am on Sunday by the hoodlums and shot dead.
The PPRO, however, explained that the killings had nothing to do with the elections.
“Yes, five people were ambushed by hoodlums and shot dead in the early hours of Sunday in Karim Lamido Local Government Council of Taraba.
“The killings do not have to do with elections, it is being investigated as a criminal matter,” he said.
Spokesperson of the All progressives Congress (APC) in the Taraba, Mr Aaron Artimas said one of the victims Muhammed Kambari served as APC agent in his home town of Kambari and was on his way from the village with others when they were waylaid and shot by the gunmen suspected to be political thugs.
“Kambari went to his home town of Kambari where he served as a party agent and was on his way back to Karim, the local government headquarters where they would proceed to Jalingo with the election results when he and four others were waylaid and killed.
“We have filed the report with the police and so far nothing has come out of it yet.
Alhaji Inuwa Bakare,the spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) described the deaths of the five persons as most unfortunate but said the party had nothing to do with it.
“The election in Karim Lamido local government area and indeed the entire state was very peaceful and there was no incident of recorded violence.
“It is sad that people were killed after the election on their way to back to Jalingo.
The Presidential and National Assembly elections were held peacefully across the state on Saturday and collation of results ongoing in various local government councils.