Crime perpetration continues in Borno as unknown gunmen have again murdered a police inspector, Kashim Bukar.
Police reported that the gunmen had intruded the deceased’s house at about 9.30pm on Tuesday night to have gained easy access to his house.
The murdered police inspector, was attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Borno State police command became the 13th casualty of the serial killings by unknown gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram returnees, since July.
Police said that the gunmen had gained entrance into the
Having reportedly trailed him from a football viewing centre close to his residence, “the gunmen shot him severally until he gave up the ghost,” a neighbour disclosed.
Borno Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Lawal Abdullahi confirmed the incident, adding that the inspector was in mufti when his assailants trailed and shot him at his home.
He said the officer has been involved in investigating many capital crime cases.
Mr Abdullahi also said the new commissioner of police in the state, Muhammed J. Abubakar, has directed the state CID to take over the case, even as he assured that the perpetrators would soon be tracked down “because the police have vital information which will help in the investigation.”
The PPRO also urged the people to disregard posters pasted in some public places in the state capital by members of the outlawed Boko Haram warning people to desist from giving information to the police.
He described the notice as a seditious publication which should be disregarded by members of the public.
In the notice the group also warned people not to give out information on Boko Haram because of the N500, 000 which the state government offered as reward to anybody who gives out information on their activities.
They warned residents to stay clear of the police as anybody who do so would be dealt with.
He also urged the people not to panic and go about their lawful businesses, saying the command has put adequate security measures on ground to protect lives and property.
Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Onyeabo Azubike Ihejirika, who was in the state on a three-day official visit, said the Nigeria Air Force would soon deploy combat helicopters to the state for air surveillances.
The combat helicopters, he said, would be brought to enhance security in the state.
Mr Ihejirika, after receiving the 40 hilux vehicles donated by the state government, assured that his men would live up to their calling by ensuring security of lives and property.
“The soldiers are well prepared to assist the police in maintaining law and order,” he said, adding that he had directed that a joint police-military training be conducted to prepare the men of the forces for effective performance of the newly introduced Operation Mesa.