GUNNED to DEATH: Muslim sect members gun down northern Nigeria political leader Ngala.
USAfricaonline.com wt agency and police reports
Nigeria Police commissioner Ibrahim Abudu has said that members of a radical Muslim sect (Boko Haram) have gunned down Awanna Ali Ngala,a prominent political leader in Maiduguri, north eastern Nigeria. He was the national vice chairman and leader of the state’s ruling All Nigeria People’s Party.
The suspected Boko Haram members gained access to the home of of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Maiduguri and killed him on Wednesday evening, the party’s national spokesman Emmanuel Eneukwu told AFP.
“He was shot in his house, in his living room,” said Eneukwu, adding that party officials in Maiduguri “suspect that the people that shot him were Boko Haram.”
Members of Boko Haram translates to “Western education is sacrilege” in Hausa language.
The ANPP is the ruling party in Borno state, where Maiduguri is located, but an opposition party nationally.
According to party officials, the gunmen arrived on motorbikes.
Motorcycle-riding gunmen have carried out a number of attacks in the region in recent months, and authorities have blamed Boko Haram, which launched an uprising last year.
Eneukwu said: “I’m thinking it was perpetrated by Boko Haram, the religious sect that is on the rampage, I wouldn’t suspect political motive.”
Before slaying Ngala, the gunmen had attacked the home of Ali Modu, the speaker of the Borno state House of Assembly in a suburb of Maiduguri and killed a security guard, the police officer and Eneukwu said.
“A police security guard attached to the house was shot and killed by two motorcycle-riding attackers believed to be members of Boko Haram,” he said.
“They took away his rifle and fired shots in the air to scare residents of the neighbourhood before fleeing.”
The officer said political motives had not been ruled out in the attacks, but Boko Haram members were “the most probable culprits.”
Suspected sect members also used machine guns and homemade bombs to attack a prison in northern Nigeria last month, freeing more than 700 prisoners. Around 100 alleged Boko Haram members were among those who escaped.
Last year’s uprising was crushed by a brutal military and police assault, with hundreds left dead.