Gunmen kill district head in Borno

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BY NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI — The District Head of Damboa Local Government Area of Borno State, Alhaji Abba Ahmed, was, yesterday evening, shot dead by gunmen on his way back to his palace after performing his Magrib prayers in a mosque.

The district head, our correspondent gathered, had on January 21 received the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Zanna Mustapha, who had a stop over in the troubled council from his home town Biu to Maiduguri when 18 people were shot dead on Monday (a Market day) by unidentified gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members.

Damboa is 88 kilometres south of Maiduguri, the BornoState capital.

Ahmed’s death is suspected to be connected with his  disclosure  to Deputy Governor Mustapha that “unknown gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram came to the town market and shot dead 13 local hunters on the spot while five others died from their injuries at the hospital.”

In an interview with newsmen on that deadly encounter after returning to Maiduguri, the Deputy Governor through the late District Head said: “I heard about the attack and I had to stop in the town to pay a visit to the District Head, where he said the gunmen are not residents of Damboa because they came to the market in a Volkswagen Golf car, carried out the operation and left.”

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