The Kaduna State Police Command says it has arrested two persons in connection with the murder of a corps member, Lawal Auwal-Kontagora.
The 26-year-old, who graduated from a university in Malaysia and returned to the country for the compulsory one year service in the National Youth Service Corps about four months ago, was killed by suspected hoodlums in Malali, in the Kaduna North Local Government Area of the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Aliyu Usman, told our correspondent that the two suspects were nabbed by men of the command, adding that they were being investigated for their alleged involvement.
“The case is under investigation at the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department,” he said.
One of the suspects, Jamiliu, aka Baba lado, was said to be a bus driver and a resident of Kwaru in Malali.
The late Auwal-Kontagora was killed along Gambia Road in Malali on October 17, 2016, while visiting a female friend, identified simply as Murdja, in company with his friend.
It was learnt that while they were in his car, a Peugeot 407, some hoodlums waylaid the vehicle and ordered them to open the door which they did.
One of the late Auwal-Kontagora siblings, Yusuf Ma’aji-Kontagora, said after they alighted from the car, the hoodlums asked them to kneel down and collected their mobile phones.
He explained that it was when Lawal who left his phone inside the car tried to open the car door to pick it and hand it over to the hoodlums that they (hoodlums) shot him at a close range.
“They thought that Auwal-Kontagora was trying to play a fast one on them. They shot him at a close range in his right leg,” he added.
Ma’aji-Kontagora said they received information about the incident around 10pm and rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The hoodlums were also said to have smashed the corps member’s head with an object.
It was said that Murdja raised the alarm, which made the hoodlums to flee the area.