Gunmen storm Bauchi mosque, kill govt official

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Some gunmen, suspected to be kidnappers, on Thursday shot dead a top government official with the Bauchi State Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Babangida Garba.

A police sergeant was also said to have been injured following an exchange of gunfire between security operatives and the gunmen who later escaped.

It was gathered that the gunmen stormed the mosque, at about 6am where the deceased had gone to pray at about 6am. They reportedly asked everybody in the mosque to lie on the floor and took him (Babangida) away, but angrily shot him when he refused to follow them.

The source said, “Babangida came out to pray in a mosque in front of his house. After the prayer, some gunmen entered and asked us to lie down on the floor and they took him away. We later heard gunshot and later, we found Babangida’s body close to the mosque where they had shot and abandoned his corpse.”

The 53-year-old was a one time accountant at the Secretary to the State Government’s office. He was, until his death, the Director of Administration and Finance with the Ministry of Local Government Affairs.

The Bauchi State Police Commissioner, Lawal Shehu, said, “The suspects stormed a mosque at new GRA, where they shot and killed one Babangida Garba, a member of staff of the Ministry of Local Government Affairs when the victim resisted being abducted.”

He added that policemen later had an encounter with the gunmen, saying they abandoned their vehicle and fled into the bush.

The CP stated that a sergeant attached to the Federal Highway Patrol also sustained injuries in the encounter and was responding to treatment.

He said normalcy had been restored to the area, adding that the police had started intensive patrols to arrest the fleeing suspects.

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