Suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram sect on Wednesday set ablaze a middle-aged man in Maiduguri, Borno State capital.
This is coming barley two days when similar attack was carried out in Potiskum, a suburb of Yobe State.
It was gathered the victim was said to have been burnt in his residence, owned by one Usman, and situated around Polo area of the turbulent city.
Describing the incident as sad and shocking, a resident who would not want his name in mention said: “The attackers came at about 2am. Dogs were barking seriously when they arrived and everybody around the area woke up because of the way the dogs were barking.
I think the attackers decided to force their ways into the compound through the gate since they could not scale the fence.
According to the source, “Their fence had barb-wires on it. Having sensed danger, the victim was said to have located an opening in the ceiling in one of the rooms and hid himself there. After several threats, and the family could not produce the man, the attackers evacuated the wife and children and set the house ablaze with the man, still hiding in the ceiling,” the source said.
Meanwhile, several claims have been emerging over death of the victim, with some residents saying that the man might have been a victim of a failed business transaction. “May be he had problem with somebody over issues of loans or business because he works with Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Company,” the source further disclosed.
Confirming the devilish incident, JTF spokesman, Lt Col Sagir Musa who refused to give more details promised to get back to this reporter when arrests are made.
– Nigerian Eye