Troops on aggressive patrol after gunmen kill Emir of Gwoza

The Presidency has ordered an aggressive patrol of the route along which the Emir of Gwoza, Idrisa Timta, was killed by gunmen suspected to be members of terror group, Boko Haram, on Friday.

Nigerian troopsThis was disclosed by Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Goodluck Jonathan, Reuben Abati.

Timta was travelling to Gombe for the funeral of the Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar, in a convoy that also included the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza, and Emir of Askira, Mai Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama, when the gunmen struck.

While security agents were able to rescue Mamza and Askirama, who were initially reported kidnapped, Timta was unlucky as he was fatally wounded in the attack.

Two policemen also died in the exchange with the suspected terrorists.
In a message he posted on his official website, Abati confirmed that “Troops are currently on aggressive patrols along the entire route with a view to apprehending the perpetrators and keeping the area safe.”

A statement by the Borno State Government on Friday said “The Emir of Gwoza was killed around 9 a.m. today following a bloody attack by some gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram.”

The Northern States Governors’ Forum expressed shock and disbelief over the attack.

Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, who described Timta’s killing as irresponsible, callous and an affront on the traditional institution and collective heritage of Nigerians, said the attack came at a time the federal government has concluded plans to grant the Boko Haram sect amnesty.

While urging Nigerians not to lose faith in the country’s capability to overcome its security challenges, Aliyu expressed sadness over the death of the Gwoza emir, calling on security operatives to ensure that those behind the dastardly act are punished.

He added that “this is indeed a sad development for us as a region and the nation at large. This is happening at a time we are all doing our very best to rescue our over 200 secondary school girls abducted by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, from their school in Chibok, Borno State last month.

“We are particularly sad and worried about these ugly developments. We are indeed sad over the killing of the emir of Gwoza in the recent attack.”