The Joint Military Task force yesterday secured another major victory in its battle against Islamic sect, Boko Haram after killing its spokesman, Abu Qaqa and arresting two other members on Monday as the task force yesterday destroyed the operational base of the sect in Kano where bombs, arms, ammunition and several laptops were recovered.
The victory of the task force, however, came on a day terrorists, believed to be Boko Haram members killed the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Borno State, Mr Zannah Mallam Gana and a former Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons, Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma Katagun in Bauchi.
Following information gathered from those who were arrested when Boko Haram spokesman was killed on Monday, the JTF raided the Kano residence of the spokesman at Rimi Kebe and Rijayar’zaki general area of the municipality and recovered arms, ammunition
A statement by the spokesman of Joint Military Task force in Kano, Lt. Ikediche Iweha, titled “Update on capture of Boko Haram terrorists on September 17, 2012, said “Following further operation in the suspects heavily wired IED hideout, the following items were recovered: two AK 47 rifles, two pump action rifles, one berretta rifle, one smoke discharger, 433 rounds of 7.62 Nato ammunition, 80 rounds of 7.62 special ammunition, 2 AK 47 magazines, 36 prepared IEDs, 13 laptops, two motorcycles, four printers, one photocopier, one 33 slots zenith disc writer, one TG 3900Ez generator set, religious books, large quantity of CD plates, Two decoders, Two Satellite dish, One 21’’ Television set, one DVD player, 2 bags of urea fertilizer, one elite dry cell 12v battery, one blue gate UPS, one stabilizer, 10 hand held Motorola radios and 5 battery chargers.”
The JTF further said, “this latest encounter with the terrorist group have foiled its planned attack to wreck havoc on the good people of Kano State. It has equally further depleted the capacity of the terrorist group to operate.
The JTF would like to use this medium to reiterate its resolve to continue to work assiduously towards the protection of lives and property in the state. The relative peace which Kano enjoys today can be attributed to the collective effort and prayers of the good people of Kano State.”
The JTF appealed to the general public to continue to volunteer information while assuring the utmost confidentiality in dealing with such information.
“Residents are therefore enjoined to go about their normal lawful business activity without any fear as security agents are ready and will respond swiftly to any treat to life and property in any part of the state,” the JTF added.
Borno AG assassinated
Meanwhile, Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Zannah Mallam Gana, aged 63, was killed yesterday in his home town Bama, by yet to be identified gunmen.
The late Zanah was said to have been attacked at a popular joint in company of friends. According to an eyewitness, the gunmen arrived the spot on a motorcycle at about 7 pm, rough-handled him and removed the money in his possession before firing several shots at him as they fled
Governor Kashim Shettima who was in Abuja had to return to Maiduguri immediately to attend to the burial rite where he wept uncontrollaby.
Confirming the incident, the Police Commissioner in a telephone interview told Vanguard in Maiduguri that the Commissioner for Justice, Mr Zanna Mallam Gana was shot dead by gunmen suspected to be terrorists.
He said, already the police has swung into action with a view to unravel those behind the killing.
Ex-Prisons’ boss dies after attack
Also, a former Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons, Jarma Katagun, died yesterday from gunshot wounds inflicted on him in an attack by members of the Boko Haram sect.
Suspected Boko Haram gunmen shot at Katagu in his hometown of Azare, Bauchi State, as the former prisons official left a mosque.
Critically wounded, he was taken to an undisclosed hospital for emergency treatment. A family source disclosed that Mr. Katagun died overnight of complications from his gunshot wounds. Two security guards of the retired prisons official also lost their lives in yesterday’s attack.