September 20, 2014

Suspected Boko Haram gunmen kill 92-year-old cleric

Goni Mustapha, a 92-year-old Islamic cleric was shot dead at his Maiduguri residence by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, relatives of the deceased said the cleric had been gunned down around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the gunmen invaded his residence shortly after evening prayers.

Eye witness, Malam Ibrahim Sulaiman, said the assailants, four in total, “divided themselves into two groups, the first group went in to kill the cleric while the other group kept vigil at the entrance.”

The witness explained that the alleged killers had met the deceased inside his compound and had opened fire on him before fleeing the crime scene. The victims remains were laid to rest on Wednesday at the Gwange cemetery.

Borno state police spokesman, Samuel Tizhe confirmed the killing, but faulted residents for not coming forward with the information sooner.

“The killing took place yesterday in the evening but nobody came to inform the police.

“How can the police trace the killers without information? People must learn to supply vital information to the police to enable us carry our our duty of protecting lives and property,” Tizhe said.

Boko Haram insurgents have been blamed for a rash of similar murders in the northeast city.

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