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Gunmen kill police inspector, ex-custom officer in Maiduguri

Unknown gunmen on Tuesday shot dead a police inspector shortly after the early morning prayers near his residence in Gwange, Maiduguri.

Some witnesses told newsmen that the police inspector popularly called Baba Ataka was shot as he came out of the mosque after congregational prayers.

“The killers positioned themselves at strategic position and shot him immediately he stepped out of the mosque. The shooting created panic among the people as the killers disappeared without trace,” Malam Nuhu Ibrahim, an eyewitness said.

He also said that the victim died almost immediately as he was shot at close range.

Also killed in a related incident was a retired customs officer, who was shot dead around noon by gunmen in Simari.

Relatives of the murdered ex-customs officer told newsmen that he was trailed by the killers from his main house in Ruwan Zafi before he was shot in Simari.

“Two teenagers believed to have trailed him from Ruwan Zafi walked to the borehole house and met the deceased while inspecting the facility.
“They wasted no time in shooting him before fleeing with his salon car,” Malam Idris Shuwa, a relative, said.

Shuwa added that the remains of the deceased were buried according to Islamic rights in Gwange.

Alhaji Bala Hassan, the Commissioner of Police in Borno, who confirmed the killing of the police inspector, described it as sad.

Hassan, however, declined to comment on the killing of the ex-customs officer, saying that he had yet to be briefed.NAN


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