There may be no end yet to the orgy of violence and incessant killings in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, as gunmen in separate attacks on Tuesday shot dead two chieftains of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for Southern Borno Senatorial District and Shehuri ward at about 8pm.
The PDP chieftains are Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Gula, PDP zonal vice chairman of Southern Borno Senatorial District; and Hajiya Gambo, the PDP women leader for Shehuri ward in Maiduguri metropolis.
A top official of PDP, who does not want his name in print, disclosed that Alhaji Gula and Hajiya Gambo were trailed to their respective residences by the gunmen, before they were shot dead before their wife and husband.
He said: “they were killed in cold blood near the Maiduguri International Hotel (MAIH) and Shehuri ward of the metropolis, before the Joint Task Force (JTF) and police cordoned the areas for over an hour prevent further attacks and killings. The bodies of the slain party officials have already been buried on Tuesday, according to Islamic rites at the Gwange cemetery.”
Speaking on the motives behind the assassination, he said: “prior to their killings by unknown gunmen, Gula and Gambo actively participated at the Town Hall meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan last Friday at the Government House Multipurpose Hall over the Boko Haram insurgency and withdrawals of JTF from Borno state.
“These killings are a clear case of cold blood murder and are condemnable. Security agents must unravel the circumstance that led to the gunning down of these PDP officials at their residences in Umarari and Shehuri wards.”
The Borno police commissioner, Alhaji Yuguda Abdullahi Tuesday confirmed the separate incidents in a telephone chat.