Friday, 30 May 2014

Fresh attack: Boko Haram kills Emir of Gwoza, two others survived

Gunmen, suspected to be Boko Haram members, on Friday killed the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idris Timta barely six weeks after coming out to protest against the dastardly activities of the sect.
But two other Emirs escaped death by the whiskers in what appeared a pre-meditated ambush by the insurgents.
The lucky ones are – Emir of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama and Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza.
Also, a policeman in the convoy, who was shot at by the insurgents, survived the ambush.
According to a source, the Emir of Gwoza had been on the hit list of Boko Haram since April 13 when he came out openly against Boko Haram for turning his domain into their main base and crippling economic activities in the area.
A security source said: “In spite of the security ring around the late Emir, the insurgents had been on the trail of him with several threats against his person.
“They did not like his audacity in spite of the fact that they were operating at his doorsteps. The statement of the Emir hurt the insurgents who waylaid his convoy on Friday while on his way for the burial of the Emir of Gombe.
“We are suspecting that they might have acted on intelligence on the movement of the Emirs. This development has fueled internal collaboration with the insurgents.
“You can see why the war against the insurgents is difficult in the North-East because you do not know who is working or not for Boko Haram.”
A statement by the Secretary to Borno State Government, Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, gave graphic details of how the Emir was killed.
The statement said: “The Emir was killed around 9am today following a bloody attack by some gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram along Tashan Alade on the way to Biu town, headquarters of Biu Lo‎cal Government Area in Southern Borno State.
“The late Emir was in company of the Emir of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama and Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza, all of whom drove in the same vehicle as they headed to Biu to pick the Emir of Biu so they could all drive in convoy to Gombe ‎State to attend the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe who is scheduled for burial in Gombe on Friday.
“The late Emir of Gwoza had visited his counterpart, the Emir of Uba ‎on Thursday and passed the night in Uba ahead of their planned trip on Friday.
“The two Emirs were this morning, joined by the Emir of Askira. The three drove in the same vehicle with the intention of going to Biu to be joined by their counterpart in Biu.
“Unfortunately as they were driving in convoy to Biu, they were ambushed by gunmen around Tashan Alade, soon after passing Garkida.
“The gunmen came after the convoy, specifically targeted the vehicle conveying the three Emirs and opened fire.
“The Emir of Gwoza was unfortunately killed by the attackers while the Emirs of Askira and Uba escaped unhurt. A policeman in the convoy was shot by the attackers but he survived the attack.
“The late Emir was in the first class status following his recent elevation by Governor Kashim Shettima.
“The late Emir was indeed a great man who worked very hard to promote peace and progress in Gwoza. He was a pillar and one of the rallying points in Borno State. He visibly worked very hard in the search for peace in Gwoza since the insurgency began.
“Borno State Government is terribly shocked by this incident. The Government prays that Allah admits the late Emir into aljanna Firadaus and give family, members of the Gwoza Emirate Council, ‎the people of Gwoza, the State Council of Chiefs and the entire people of Borno State the fortitude to bear this very traumatic loss especially at a time the state is still dealing with equally disturbing issues related with security challenges in the State.
“May Allah grant us accelerated and lasting peace in Borno State and rest of Nigeria.”

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