BY NDAHI MARAMA, MAIDUGURI
Despite the emergency rule and the deployment of over 3000 Joint Taks Force troops in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, some gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect yesterday shot dead provision store dealer, Mr. Bitrus Kwaji and his son (name witheld), while one child suspected to be Almajiri(destitute) was killed by a stray bullet in Chescon area of Federal low cost of the metropolis.
Our Correspondent gathered that the gunmen who ambushed the dealer at his residence around 6:30pm, successfully executed their mission and fled without being arrested.
A Neighbour and resident of the slain provision dealer who does not want his name mention in the print for security reasons told our Correspondent that “the gunmen upon arriving at the residence of Mr. Bitrus asked one Almajiri boy (destitute) to enter the house and told the provision dealer to come out as some people/customers were outside and wanted to buy things from the store, upon responding to the call, Mr. Bitrus, his son and the Almajiri boy were coming out to attend to their customers, not knowing that the people came for a different mission”
He said, as they approaches the store located at the frontage of the house, the gunmen opened fire and killed them including the boy they sent to call Mr. Bitrus.
Due to the total GSM network black out in Borno, the JTF Spokesman’s number, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa and the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jubrin could not be reached for confirmation as at the time of going to press.