Sect on killing spree in Kano, Borno, Kaduna

By IndepthAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 2nd, 2012

Boko Haram men went on the rampage again yesterday in Borno, Kano and Kaduna states.

They killed an operative of the State Security Service (SSS) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In Kano, suspected members of the sect killed their members arrested by the people to prevent them from being handed over to the police.

The suspected Islamic sect members were said to have stormed Sheka on a motor bike, opening fire on the two persons, following a tip-off that the residents were making attempt to hand the two apprehended men believed to be members of Boko Haram to the police.

Joint Task Force spokesman Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, said: “Residents of Sheka this morning arrested two members of the Islamic sect but in their attempt to alert the police on the arrest, some members of the sect stormed the area on motor bike and shot the two arrested members to death before fleeing the scene to an unknown destination.”

Two women were also reportedly shot dead yesterday at Panshekara Round About in Kano metropolis by unknown gunmen.

Lt. Iweha said the incident happened at about 7.45pm when some unknown gunmen opened fire on motorists. The woman was hit.

The JTF men arrested two suspected Boko Haram members and handed them over to the police.

Unknown gunmen also shot and killed a classroom teacher in Kano yesterday morning. The teacher simply identified as Aliyu resided at Hotoro Arewa area in the city.

The gunmen on a motorcycle were said to have arrived the Aliyu residence and pumped hot lead into his head.

It was not clear while the late classroom teacher with Yan’Dutse Group of schools, was targeted.

Eyewitnesses said the incident happened around 6am and that the police arrived an hour later to pick the remains of the late teacher.

Spokesman of Kano Police, Magaji Musa Majia, said the incident was reported to the Command.

In Maiduguri, gunmen suspected to be members of the sect shot and killed SSS operative Ibrahim Stanley Malgwi.

Malgwi was killed two days after the police authority in the state offered to give cash rewards ranging from N500,000 to N1m to any person that provides information that could lead to the smashing of the Islamic militant group.

According to eyewitnesses in Abbaganaram where Malgwi was shot dead, the gunmen, who came on foot, trailed him to a barber’s saloon where he was shot dead while having his haircut.

The eyewitnesses said the gunmen shot sporadically into the air to scare people as they fled.

SSS Director Ahmed Abdullahi confirmed the killing. He spoke on the telephone.

In Kaduna, unidentified gunmen yesterday killed Alhaji Muhammed Abdulsalam Abubakar, a Senior Lecturer with the Kaduna Polytechnic. A police officer, Salisu Ahmed an Assistant Superintendent, was also killed at the Rigasa area of the metropolis.

Both men were killed in their residence located a few blocks from each other along Dan Madami road.

Narating the incident to newsmen, the senior brother to the deceased lecturer, Alhaji Mahmood Abdulsalam, said “my brother was shot after evening prayers when he left the mosques and went back his residence.

“We usually prayed together every evening in my house. He came to my house and we talked at length before we went for prayers after which, he left for his house. On the way, he bought fuel for his generator.

“Less than an hour after he left, his son called me on the telephone that they had shot and killed his father. They shot him on the neck. What I gathered is that the assassins shot him right in front of his gate, when his 12 year old son came to open the gate for him. The boy suspected that something was going to happen as he asked his father to come inside quickly.

“Unknown to them, the Killers had parked their motorcycle near an electric pole close to the house waiting for him. The boy was trying to close the gate after his father had entered in his Toyota Camry car but suddenly, the two hoodlums opened the gate and one of them brought out a gun and shot him twice on his neck.

When asked if it could be a case of mistaken identity, he said: “when we took our brother to 44 Army Reference after the incident, we met a Police officer who was also killed. ASP Salisu Ahmed lived just two blocks to my late brother’s house and they used the same type of Toyota Camry Car, the same ash colour, perhaps they were looking for that Policeman.

Similarly, the policeman was said to have been killed almost about the same time by two unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle.

Police spokesman DSP Aminu Lawan could not be reached for comment.The Nation

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