Policeman Kills Two Inspectors, Self In Yobe

policeA Police Constable, Ibrahim Musa, on Friday, fatally shot two Police Inspectors before shooting himself at the Nangere Division in Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television through its Yobe State Correspondent, Jonathan Gopep on phone, the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mohammed Zanah Ibramim said that “the Police Constable who was being booked for insubordination, seized a rifle at the counter and shot the two Inspectors at close range, before shooting himself”.

The CP said that the Constable first shot Inspector Muhammed Musa, before firing Inspector Ishaku Allen, who was making the entry in the defaulter’s registry, after which he shot himself.

The subject, he revealed, who was taken to the Potiskum General Hospital, later died while receiving treatment.

During the press briefing, the CP said he had in company of the Emir of Nangere, Alhaji Muhammed Ibn Abubakar Grema, attended the burial of the two Inspectors, as well as paid condolence visits to the bereaved families on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

The CP also revealed that while the case is currently being investigated, the subject will be tried posthumously as machinery are being put in place to prevent future occurrence.

Nangere is 118 kilometres north of Potiskum, the commercial nerve centre of Yobe State and west of Damaturu, the state capital.

Gunmen Kill Three Korean Doctors In Yobe

Unknown gunmen suspected to be members of dreaded Boko Haram sect today killed three North Korean Doctors attached to the Potiskum general hospital in Yobe State, north east Nigeria.

The Commissioner of Police Yobe Command Alhaji Sanusi Rufai who confirmed the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu said the North Korean doctors attached to the Potiskum General Hospital were killed in their rented quarters in Potiskum.

The Police boss said though no arrest has so far been made but investigation has commenced to fish out the perpetrators.

An official who does not want to be named told the Associated Press that by the time soldiers arrived at the house, they found the doctors’ wives cowering in a flower bed outside their home and that at the property, they found the corpses of the men, all bearing what appeared to be machete wounds.

The official adds that the North Korean doctors had no security guards at their residence and typically travelled around the city via three-wheel taxis without a police escort.

An official with North Korea’s foreign ministry in Seoul declined to immediately comment when asked about the attack.

Several Korean experts are currently offering technical expertise in various fields in Yobe state sequel to signing of MoU between Yobe state and the Korean government.

The killing of the doctors come after the Friday attack on polio vaccination officials in Kano state which left nine health workers dead.

Meanwhile the NMA Yobe state chapter has condemned in clear terms the killings of the Korean Doctors describing it as gruesome.

A statement by its chairman Dr Adamu Alhassan Umar expressed sadness with the killings of the health workers as well as a similar case recently in Kano state.

“NMA Yobe is saddened by the news if the gruesome murder of three Korean health workers in Potiskum last night” Umar said.

Several Korean experts are currently offering technical expertise in various fields in Yobe state sequel to Signing of MoU between Yobe state and the Korean government.

Incessant killings since the commencement of the Boko Haram insurgency has affected most of the on-going projects either awarded by the State or the Federal Government in the state as contractors have relocated for fear of attack.


14 Killed In Yobe Road Mishap

14 people were killed in an accident involving a commercial bus loaded with 18 passengers and a truck parked along the road in Zabali village, 12 kilometers to Potiskum in Yobe state.

12 of the late passengers were burnt beyond recognition.

Witnesses said the commercial bus driver was coming from Dambam in Bauchi state after passing the night there because of the curfew in Potiskum town but had to take off early to beat the traffic congestion along Potiskum – Damaturu – Maiduguri road.

Confirming the incident to Channels Television in Damaturu, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Yobe state, Shehu  Usman Umar, said the bus ran into a parked truck with registration number XR 01 FKY before bursting  into flame.

While attributing the accident to over speeding the sector commander said the accident which occurred around 5:00AM on Wednesday, could also be blamed on negligence on the part of the truck driver as it was parked along the road without any caution sign.

He said of the 14 persons killed, two bodies were deposited at the Potiskum mortuary while the rest were given mass burial at the scene of the accident as they were burnt beyond recognition.

The sector commander commended the role played by the villagers for their timely rescue which saved the lives of four others who are currently at the Potiskum General Hospital for medical attention.

JTF confirm 13 killed in Potiskum violence, disputes media report.

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in Yobe state has disputed media report in one of weekly newspapers that 34 persons were killed in the Potiskum violence that lasted three days.

A statement signed by the JTF spokesman Lieutenant Lazarus Eli described the media report as “disturbing and outrageously misleading capable of causing unnecessary panic among residents of Potiskum town”.

The statement confirmed that 13 people were killed in the attack and gives the breakdown as two serving policemen, a retired policeman and his three children, four civilians a retired custom officer and his son as well as a suspected terrorist.

The bodies of the dead, according to the statement, were deposited at the mortuary of the Potiskum General hospital.

It also revealed that during the attack, five of the terrorists were killed but their bodies were carried away by their members as many more escaped with gunshot injuries pointing out that JTF is searching for the possible discovery of their bodies.

He said the JTF has beef up security in the affected town and calls on residents to report any body with questionable character in their midst and to cooperate with security agents in the search for peace in the state and the country at large.