By Suzan Edeh & Ndahi Marama
Bauchi—Three people, including the District Head of Gudumbali, Zanna Mulima and former local council chairman of All Nigeria Peoples’ Party, ANPP, have been reported killed in separate attacks in Borno and Bauchi states, weekend.
In Maiduguri, Borno State capital, the former ANPP boss, Alhaji Tar Kusurambe was killed by unidentified gunmen. Two other persons were killed in Bauchi, even as an explosive planted in the house of a retired police officer at Gudum Sayawa, was successfully defused.
Vanguard gathered that unknown gunmen, numbering about 15, stormed Gudun Sayawa, a suburb of Bauchi at about 8pm and killed the two persons.
One of the victims, Mrs. Alheri Ayuba, a mother of three, was killed on her way from a neighbourhood, while Iliya Duba was shot dead as he was about to go to bed.
Some residents of the area, however, alleged that the attack was targeted at a retired police officer. The explosive was found atop the roof of the said officer’s house.
According to sources, some of the residents of Gudun Sayawa put distressed calls to the anti-bomb squad, which quickly evacuated the explosive.
Some members of the vigilante group in the area, however, claimed that the police reportedly prevented them from pursuing the gunmen with the aim of arresting them in the premises of a company where they hid shortly after the gun attack.
They vowed to retaliate, blaming the Isa Yuguda’s administration for failing to address the insecurity challenges experienced in the area, alleging religious intolerance.
9 in Zango
Some weeks ago, nine people were killed in Zango, near Gudun Sayawa, in similar circumstances.
Among hundreds of sympathisers, who stormed the area to see the level of damage, was Director-General Inter-Religious Council, Pastor Kennedy Masau.
Masau, however, condemned the incident, saying it was not only barbaric but uncalled for. He called on the people to be at alert and guard themselves against future occurrence to ensure peace, unity and tranquillity in the state.
Attempts to confirm the incident from the Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Mr. Ladan Mohammed, were futile.
Meanwhile, Kusura-mbe was shot dead at his residence at 2am in Magumeri town, barely two days after returning from Saudi Arabia on the 2012 hajj exercise.