There was confusion in parts of Kaduna on Wednesday as an operative of the state Command of the Department of State Services shot and killed a woman along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway.
The woman, a mother of five, was said to be travelling from Abuja to Kaduna when the incident occurred.
It was gathered that the operative of the DSS shot at a commercial vehicle conveying the woman and other passengers for refusing to stop around the Kakau and Sabon-Gaya Toll Gate.
Another version said that the incident actually took place in Jere area, in Kagarko Local Government Area of the state, before the woman’s corpse was conveyed down to the Toll Gate.
The incident resulted in the blockage of the Toll Gate by members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers and other angry motorists, causing heavy gridlock.
As at the time of filing this report, the identity of the woman killed was yet to be ascertained.
An eyewitness said the incident occurred around 2.15pm when the DSS operatives opened fire on the vehicle as they attempted to shoot at another vehicle along the highway.
He said, “We actually don’t know what really happened but we only saw the DSS operatives, about six of them arriving in two Hilux vehicles. Immediately they saw a vehicle coming, they tried to stop the driver but he refused to stop; so they shot at him.
“But unfortunately, they missed their targets and hit the commercial vehicle conveying the victim and her five children. She died on the spot. This angered motorists that witnessed the incidence, as they blocked the high way.”
The PUNCH gathered that but for the quick intervention of the police in Kaduna, hell would have been let loose.
The state Commissioner of Police, Adamu Ibrahim, led his men to the scene of the incident to clear the way for motorists and ease traffic flow into the state capital.
The Police commissioner, who later confirmed the incident, said the DSS suspects have been arrested by the police. He, however, sued for calm among residents of the state.
The police chief said the Command had commenced investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Rev. Yakubu Pam, has condemned the brutal murder of Deaconess Eunice Elisha of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, at Kubwa Satellite Town, Abuja.
Elisha was killed by some unidentified persons while she was on an early morning preaching within her neighbourhood.
Pam, in a statement issued to newsmen in Jos on Wednesday, lamented the incident. This came barely less than three months after similar killings were recorded in Kano and Niger states, where a woman and a man, Christians, were hacked to death by people he called Islamic extremists operating within the Northern axis of the country.
He wondered how some religious extremists in the North, under whatever guise, have developed interest in attacking and killing Christian faithful at any given opportunity without any provocation. He said this age-long attitude of some characters in the North must change to give room for accommodation of views and interests of other religions.
The Northern Christian leader called on the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure that the perpetrators of the evil act were all arrested and brought to book. Pam also said President Buhari must, at the same time, do whatever he can to prevent future occurrence.
While condoling with the widower, Pastor Elisha, and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye on the untimely death of Elisha, Pam renewed his call on other state governors in the North and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory to team up with the Federal Government to bring an end to what he called ugly incidents of attacking and killing Christians by the Islamic extremists in the Northern states.