Mashi has said that gunmen have killed a pregnant woman and 15 others

in Numa village of the area on Sunday night.

Mashi told newsmen in Akwanga that the gunmen attacked the

community at about 10pm during a naming ceremony.

The chairman said that security had been beefed up in the affected

community and environs to forestall reprisal attacks and further

breakdown of law and order.

Similarly, Gamu-Yare, Chun-Mada and Chairman Traditional Council

of Akwanga Samson, described the attack as barbaric.

He added that apart from the 16 people killed, so many others were

injured and are receiving treatment in various hospitals.

Confirming the incident, Mohammed Akira, Deputy Commissioner of

Police in charge of Criminal investigation Department , said the

command had mobilized to the area to forestall further breakdown of

law and order.