The Chairman, Kogi Chapter of Wuro
Miyetti-Allah Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar, has been assassinated by
unknown gunmen who invaded his residence in the early hours of Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
reports that the unknown gunmen numbering about eight, invaded the Peace
Community, Road 3, Ganaja road, Lokoja residence of Abubakar at about 2:05
Saturday morning to carry out the dastardly act.
Residents of the area, who spoke
with newsmen, said they were gripped with fear when they started hearing
gunshots from the residence of the chairman of Fulani socio-cultural group in
the operation that lasted over an hour.
They said that the gunmen passed
through “unfamiliar routes” to gain access to the deceased’s residence beating
the ‘C’ Division Police Station route where they could have been spotted and
A neighbour, who identified himself
simply as Musa, said there were some strange faces in the vicinity much earlier
before the incident, not knowing they had a sinister motive.
Musa said the gunmen shot at the
door to the room of one of the deceased’s two wives and gained access into the house, machete the deceased on the neck
and other parts of the body and later shot him severally.
A medical practitioner with the
Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja, Dr Sam Alhassan, who lives a stone throw from
the victim’s residence said: “I was in my room which is just steps away to his
house and I started hearing gunshots.
“Then I rose up from my bed and
looked through the window. I saw a group of bandits in two lines. At least I
saw eight people, and they started shooting, shooting and shooting.
“The next thing that I saw was that
a bullet hit the overhead tank and water started running down. Later I and my
family went quiet for a while; then the wife of the deceased came out shouting,
‘they have killed my husband.”
Alhassan said that he later came
out with his landlord and went into the deceased’s house to ascertain the
truth; only to find him lying in the pool of his blood with machete cuts and
bullet holes in his lifeless body.
The medical practitioner said it
was unclear if the gunmen took cash or property from the house.