Punch Nigeria | Apr. 22, 2019
A survivor of Gombe Easter Day face-off between ECWA Boys’ Brigade and NSCDC official. Photo: Chima Azubuike
Chima Azubuike, Gombe
Ten persons reportedly died and 30 others injured in Gombe in an incident involving the Boys’ Brigade drawn from St Peter’s Anglican Church, Madaki; two parishes of ECWA Church in Bamusa and Barunde; and an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The NSCDC official was identified through his ID card as ASC II Adamu Abubakar, and he was reportedly driving a Honda car with registration No. AS 385 GME.
He was allegedly with an unidentified male companion. Both of them died in the incident, Police and eyewitnesses said.
The incident reportedly happened during a night procession to Sabon-Layi Area of Gombe Metropolis, where the church members were expected to celebrate Easter Monday.
The Gombe Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, confirmed this to our correspondent; noting, “There are 10 death cases and 30 injured victims receiving treatment at the state specialist hospital and other private health institutions.
“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.”