A resident who does not want his name in print told Vanguard that the gunmen arrived on a motorbike, took position and fired several shots in an overcrowded spot mainly patronized by pokers.
The eyewitness explained that the incident occurred around 6.00 p.m. barely an hour after the visiting vice president left the city that witnessed unprecedented security presence on the streets.
According to the eyewitness, “the gunmen, armed with assault riffles and were heard speaking fluent local dialect, threatened to wipe off all those consciously transgressing against God in the city.”
The ensuing pandemonium left three dead, while one other who was seriously injured and taken to the hospital died an hour later.
According to the eyewitness, “my neighbour, Abdullahi, was among the dead. Two others I cannot identify after the violent attack laid dead while a man who sustained life threatening injury was rushed to the hospital as many fled to safety.”
Poking (known in Hausa dialect as Karta) is a popular business among the predominantly Muslim population in Hausaland, but listed as a game of chance by Quran that enjoins Muslims to stay off it.