By Bala Ajiya
DAMATURU â€” A high profile political assassination was, Tuesday, averted in Damaturu, Yobe State capital when gunmen invaded the private residence of former governor Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe State, killing a police constable.
The suspected assassins, about five in number, struck at the senatorâ€™s residence at about 7 pm and immediately opened fire on a group of people going out of a mosque within the residence.
The gunmen, according to sources, were under the notion that the former governor referred to as the â€œGod fatherâ€ of Yobe politics was in the crowd.
The gunmen succeeded in killing Constable Idriss, serving with the Gujba division of the Yobe State Police Command but recently posted to the capital city on a special duty. The late constable hailed from Nangere Local Government Area of Yobe State.
Confirming the incidence, yesterday, Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mamman Sule, who visited the scene said: â€œThe attack had clear political undertone.â€
According to him, the gunmen did not steal anything from the house of the Senator and did not also attempt to dispossess the late constable of his service riffle as to suggest that they were robbers.
Following the incidence, the state police command has assured residents of its readiness to contain the activities of criminals, adding that security will be beefed up especially in the state capital to forestall any untoward recurrence.
Meanwhile, our correspondent gathered that the attempted assassination of Senator Ibrahim representing Yobe East Senatorial district may not be unconnected with his purported appointment as the campaign co-coordinator of incumbent Governor Ibrahim Gaidam towards his re-election in 2011.
There has been serious political tension in the state for the past few months and this incidence has heightened it.