Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Boko Haram kills OBJ’s host, rejects peace move

The Moment
18 September 2011

IT was a rude shock for former President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday as Boko Haram hardliners killed his host in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In what seems a strong message of rejection of Obasanjo’s peace overtures, gunmen suspected to be members of the fundamentalist Islamic group killed Baba Kura Alhaji Fugu, the eldest son of the late Baba Fugu in broad daylight.

Fugu met with Obasanjo on Thursday to discuss the plight of the family left behind by the late leader of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf.

News of Baba Kura’s murder by Boko Haram militants broke out last night.

The Moment On Sunday leant that Baba Kura had just concluded a press interview and was meeting with his family members, when his mobile phone rang.

He was reportedly shot dead when he stepped out from the meeting to answer the call.

Borno State Commissioner of Police (CP) Simeon Midenda confirmed yesterday evening that Alhaji Fugu ‘was shot dead at about 1.30pm’.

According to Midenda, the killers apparently were not happy with the press interview he granted.

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