How Hausa language saved Thisday staff from gunmen attack


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The ability to speak Hausa language reportedly saved a staff member of THISDAY newspaper from gunmen attack who stormed the publication Utako, Abuja office in the early hours of Thursday.

According to Vanguard, an eyewitness, who said the armed men came in through the back fence of the company’s premises at about 3 am, “subjected everyone on duty, mostly the production staff members, to inhuman treatment— threatening to kill all of them if they attempted to alert policemen.”

The source further said the hoodlums attempted to cut one of their victims until he appealed to them in the Hausa language.

“They wanted to cut him with matches until he spoke Hausa to them, that was what saved him. If he was not able to speak Hausa, I don’t know what would have been his fate now,” he said.

WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that the office of THISDAY located at Utako district in the federal capital territory (FCT) has been raided by gunmen in the early hours of Thursday.

After a failed operation that lasted for over 40 minutes, the hoodlums were said to have left with a promise to come back again.

Meanwhile, the THISDAY management has since reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters, in Utako, Abuja.

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