Seven persons were reportedly killed on Saturday in Potiskum, Yobe State
Seven persons were reportedly killed on Saturday in Potiskum, Yobe State. The deceased persons include a former Area Comptroller of Nigeria Custom Service, Waziri Ajiya, and his son Dr. Ibrahim Waziri, as well as a retired ASP of Police, Mohammed Haruna, his wife and three children. Haruna and his family were killed at Sabon Layi area of Potiskum, after gunmen trailed him to his house.
Ajiya and his son were both shot dead in a forest along Gombe road after they were abducted from their residence in Nahuta Quarters, Potiskum, the state capital. Patrick Egbuniwe, the state commissioner of Police, confirmed the killings. “The hoodlums are trying to adopt the same operation like the one they did in Damaturu which we stopped,” he said.
The commissioner said efforts were being made to track the assailants, adding that the force had restrategised in order to curtail serial killings in the state. A resident who spoke on condition of anonymity said the gunmen stormed Ajiya’s house at about 1:30 a.m., kidnapped him and his son and took them to a forest along Gombe road where they were killed.
“His family communicated to us around 2:00 a.m. that some gunmen kidnapped Waziri and Ibrahim,” the source said.
The source further revealed that the Comptroller mistook the assailants for security operatives that were conducting search, and came out to enquire for their mission when he was kidnapped. “He pleaded with them to allow him talk to his son, instead they took the son with them when they confirmed that he was a medical doctor,” he said.
The deceased persons were laid to rest according to Islamic rites around 12 p.m.