Gunmen murder Borno State Justice commissioner

by Isi Esene

The Borno State commissioner for Justice, Zannah Malam Gana, was yesterday killed by unidentified gunmen. Reports say the commissioner was killed Monday night at his residence.

A government official who spoke to reporters on the condition of anonymity said, “He was shot dead by some gunmen in his house around 8:45 pm last night.”

Meanwhile in a separate incident, a former national prisons chief was also reported to have been shot dead in Bauchi State.

A senior police officer confirmed this incident saying, “The former comptroller-general of prisons is dead,”  “He died from the wounds he sustained in the attack last night.”

Just like several other unexplained attacks, the radical Islamic sect, Boko Haram, is suspected to be behind yesterday’s attack which coincided with the killing of top members of the group including a man believed to be sect’s spokesman, Abu Qaqa.

The men were killed by men of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) who opened fire on the occupants of a car who reportedly refused to stop at a road block in the Mariri area of Kano. Several communication gadgets were said to have be retrieved from the car conveying the suspected terrorists.

The members of the militant Islamic sect were traveling from Maiguguri to Kano with a woman and three children when they met the JTF roadblock.

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