Tragedy stuck in Abuja, Nigerian’s Federal Capital Territory, when gunmen killed eight persons behind popular Abuja legislative quarters as the unknown gunmen struck in Gudu District of Abuja on Friday.
Fifteen others were also reportedly injured in the attack.
Eyewitnesses said the incident occurred around 3 a.m. in an uncompleted building owned by an army general.
A source said the victims were squatters in the building, and said they included truck pushers, scavengers and water vendors known as “mai ruwa.”
The source added, “Those people living inside the building had been told to vacate the building on the orders of the Army General who owns the house, but they refused to leave.
“But it was unfortunate to see some men in army uniform come in the midnight and open fire on these innocent people.
“I personally counted eight dead bodies this morning lying in the pool of their blood. I saw bullets everywhere in the building.”, a source narrated.
Residents of the area have been in fear after it was learnt that the attack took place behind the Apo Legislative Quarters, which houses many Senators and members of the House of Representatives.
Another source claimed the gunmen overwhelmed Sabo Barkin Zuwo Street at about 12am.
Soldiers, policemen, operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) and rescue agencies had been drafted to the scene.
The police public relations officer in Abuja, Altine Daniel, confirmed the incident to SaharaReporters, but said the police had no further information about those responsible for it.
He added that investigations had begun on the matter. No arrests have been made at Press time.