Written by James Bwala, Saliu Gbadamosi, Kola Oyelere and Chris Agbambu Wednesday, 19 September 2012
BORNO State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Honourable Zannah Mallam Gana, was gunned down on Monday by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Jamaatul Ahlis Sunnnah lidaawa wal Jihad, popularly known as Boko Haram, in his home town, Bama, headquarters of Bama Local Government area of the state.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the gunmen came at about 7.45 p.m. and met him in company of his friends and relations before they opened fire and killed him instantly.
An eyewitness, who did not want his name in print, told Nigerian Tribune that the gunmen came on a motorcycle and opened fire on the late commissioner, who was seating with his friend after Magrib prayers.
He said after firing several shots at the commissioner, they waited to make sure he was dead before fleeing the scene of the incident, adding that his friend, Mallam Ba’yerima, who fainted at the time the gunmen were shooting later regained his consciousness in the hospital, as he was not hit by bullets.
Confirming the incident, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Yuguda Abdukllahi, said Gana was gunned down on Monday in his home town, Bama, adding that he had since deployed men in Bama with a view to investigating the matter.
In another development, 24 hours after unknown gunmen killed nine people in an attack at Zango area of Bauchi metropolis, another set of unknown gunmen invaded Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State and shot a former Controller-General of Prisons, Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma, in front of his house. Jarma later died at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, on Tuesday.
The gunmen, who were said to be two, also killed one warder and injured another in the operation that took place on Monday night.
The former Controller-General of Prisons, who retired in 2002, according to information gathered by the Nigerian Tribune on Tuesday, was shot in the arm and leg in front of his house after coming out from the mosque where he had gone to observe his Isha’i prayer.
It was gathered that when the attackers arrived at his house, they opened fire on the guards at the house, which led to the killing of the warder and injuring of another.
A source in Azare told the Nigerian Tribune in a telephone interview that they heard gunshots from the direction of Alhaji Jarma’s house, adding that this caused tension and fears in the people. He added that no one could come out to see what was happening, as everyone ran for safety on hearing the gunshot.
“This was a very gentleman to the core. He was always assisting people, whether he knew you or not. I wonder why they decided to kill such a nice person,” said the source, who later spoke with the Nigerian Tribune on hearing the news of the demise of Alhaji Jarma.
The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Dr Mohammed Dambam, confirmed to journalists that Alhaji Jarma was brought to the hospital for treatment but was later referred to the ATBUTH in Bauchi as his case was critical.
A source at the ATBUTH told the Nigerian Tribune that the ex-prisons boss was brought to Bauchi late Monday night in a very critical condition and later died on Tuesday, adding that his corpse had since been taken away by his people for burial.
Confirming the death of Alhaji Jarma, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Muhammed Alkali, told journalists in a telephone interview that, “the former prisons boss died about an hour ago (about noon on Tuesday) while receiving treatment.”
Also, a close associate of the deceased, Alhaji Garba Muhammad Gadi, who is a former deputy governor of Bauchi State, also confirmed the death of the former prisons boss, saying that the family was taking his remains from Bauchi to Azare for burial later in the evening.
Gadi described the late Jarma as “an honest, humble and simple person who accommodated and assisted all without differences.”
Both the Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mallam Mohammed Ladan and the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Hassan Mohammed Auyo, were said to be out of the state for different purposes and, as such, could not be reached to confirm the report.
But a security source confirmed the attack on the ex-Controller-General of Prisons and the killing of a warder in his house but added that he had not heard of his demise as of the time he was contacted.
The late Jarma joined politics after his retirement from service and contested the 2003 gubernatorial election in Bauchi State on the ticket of the All
Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) against former Governor Ahmed Adamu Mua’zu.
Meanwhile, the Joint Task force (JTF) in Kano State has uncovered sophisticated weapons in hideout of gunmen in Kano.
This is just as the JTF attributed the relative peace in Kano to the collective efforts and prayers of the people of the state.
A statement by the JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Ikedichi Iwehia, a copy of which was made available to the Nigerian Tribune, said “gentlemen of the press, this latest encounter with the terrorist group has foiled its planned attack to wreak havoc on the good people of Kano State.”
Iwehia said following further operation in the suspects’ wired IED hideout, 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 and two motorcycles were recovered.
He also disclosed that other items recovered were four printers, one photocopier, one 33 slots disc writer, one TG 3900Ez generating set, religious books, large quantity of CD plates and two decoders.
Others, according to him, were two satellite dish, one 21’’ television set, one DVD player, two bags of Urea fertiliser, one elite dry cell 12v battery, one blue gate UPS, one stabiliser, 10 hand-held Motorola radios and five battery chargers.
In another develop-ment, the Defence Head-quarters said it has successfully deployed infor-0mation and communica-tions technology (ICT), surveillance and tracking equipment to locate criminals in the society and perpetrators of the Boko Haram menace.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Oluseyi Petinrin, who dropped the hint at the opening ceremony of a two-day world cyber conference hosted by the Defence Headquarters, said the threat posed by the Boko Haram sect through online reports of their activities needed to be checked.
According to him, further successes would be achieved if cyber tech-nology and space resear-ches to tackle contem-porary security problems in the country were appro-priately applied.
The CDS, who was represented by the Chief of Research and Develop-ment Defence Headquar-ters, Major-General J.K. Amao, noted that the solution to the prevailing security problems laid partly in exploiting the merits of cyberspace technology.
In his remark, the Chief of Defence Communi-cations, Air Vice Marshal Osmond Amu, said the physical security chall-enges the country was currently facing were nothing when compared to the potential threats inherent in cyberspace.