A prominent Islamic cleric, Malam Alaramma Dan-Gubana, was on Friday night shot dead by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram members at his residential house located at Unguwar Dogon Zare, Potiskum local government area of Yobe State.
It was learnt that the incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. after the deceased had returned from a nearby mosque where he observed night prayer (Ishai) and continued with his normal routine of teaching students (Almajirai) in front of his house.
“He stood to exchange pleasantries with some visitors when three people parked a Sharron Volkswagen bus and approached them. They shot him at a close range and escaped. We all scampered for safety,” a source said.
This was confirmed by the spokesman of the Special Operation Batallion Damaturu, Captain Eli Lazarus, who said the Cleric was killed in front of his house.
Yobe is one of the three northern states under state of emergency and has enjoyed many months of relative peace until recently when killing of innocent lives in some areas in the town became a norm.