Jubril Ahmed, the husband of a pregnant woman who was killed along with her four children by unknown gunmen in Anambra province over the weekend, said she was devastated by the tragic incident.
Jubril, who works as a security guard in Anambra Province, told the Daily Trust that his wife was nine months pregnant and that the family was expecting a new baby within a week of their death.
“They were returning home after visiting their sister who lived in a nearby town. She and her four children were all wearing hijabs; that’s why the gunmen were targeting them.
As I speak to you, I am in the process of exhuming their bodies. The police gave me papers to use to collect the bodies. I am in the morgue now, they want N30,000 from me before they release the bodies of my family.
My hope is to take the bodies to the Ganye Local Government Area in Adamawa State and bury them because the cemeteries used by the Arewa community here are full. ” He said.
The distraught husband named his late wife Harara Jibril, 32, and their four children Fatima, 9; Khadija, 7; Hadiza, 5; and Zaituna, 2.
“Now I am empty; they have destroyed my whole family. “I am very worried and traumatized, there is a need for the government to do something,” said Jibril
Speaking again, the Hausa community leader in Orunba South, Sarki Kabiru Bakari, said plans to move the bodies to Adamawa for burial had been canceled because the bodies could not be cared for in the morgue, and they could not. to withstand the trek to the North.
“We have now decided to bury them in Awka Wednesday (today). The mortuary attendant did not treat the corpses, no preservation measure was done; hence we cannot travel with the corpses as they have already started decomposing. We have no other option than to take them to Awka and bury them there,” he said
Bakari added that the security personnel had been deployed in the area and that the Anambra State police commissioner has visited them and assured them of swinging into action.
“But after we bury the victims, we will all relocate to our hometown in the North; we are no longer safe here. The husband of the woman will also relocate back to Adamawa as soon as he buries his family; he is working here as a security guard” he said