Gunmen yesterday trailed a police inspector and killed him while on his way back from Eid prayer ground in Maiduguri.
The killing took place amidst tight security mounted by members of the Joint Task Force following last Friday’s deadly attacks in the state capital.
The incident took place in the London Ciki area of Maiduguri metropolis around 10am when thousands of worshippers were trooping back home from various Eid grounds.
Witnesses said the gunmen drove in an unmarked Honda 86 model salon car and intercepted the police inspector who was driving in company of his friends and acquaintances.
“From the look of things, the gunmen know the deceased very well because though there are many people moving along with him, they singled him out and shot at him severally before they fled,” Baba Bay, a resident of London Ciki said.
He said there was pandemonium at the scene of the killing and that the sound of gunshots soon attracted the attention of members of the Joint Task Force who had intensified surveillance in the state capital.
“The JTF operatives pursued the assailants who had already raced away from the scene. They later abandoned the car and disappeared through some narrow pathways,” Mallam Gana, a friend of the deceased said.
Borno State police commissioner Simeon Midenda confirmed that an inspector was killed but did not reveal his name.
“Yes, we lost one of our officers. He was actually not on duty and he was in plain cloth when the gunmen trailed and killed him while he was about reaching his house from the mosque,” Midenda said.
“Apart from the killing of the inspector, there was no any other attack. The Sallah celebration was generally peaceful because with the help of God, we have intensified surveillance,” he said.
Gunmen ordered the family away, then shot the inspector to death, Midenda said. The sect members later allowed his family to drive the car away, he said.
“Our men who live in the midst of the Boko Haram are not safe,” Midenda said.
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