Police in Yobe State have arrested two people in connection with the murder of a Muslim cleric, Sheikh Goni Aisami.
Police public relations officer Dungus Abdulkarim confirmed the arrest to journalists in Damaturu and said that two suspects who claimed to be soldiers associated with 241 Battalion Nguru were arrested and the matter is still under investigation.
According to him, the incident happened around 10 p.m. Friday when the deceased was on his way to Gashua from Nguru, the suspect who claimed to be a soldier in mufti and was carrying a cot, begged him for a lift to Jaji-Maji.
“As he approached Jaji-Maji, the cleric stopped the car to urinate, returned to the car to continue the journey, pulled out an AK-47 and shot him twice.
“The suspect tried to flee with the deceased’s car, but failed because it got stuck in the mud and wouldn’t start the car due to security.
He then called the second suspect, who arrived at the scene in another vehicle. Unfortunately for him, his drive shaft broke.
“The two suspects asked for help from a vigilante in Jaji-Maji.
“When the group arrived to tow the broken vehicles away, Aisami’s body was accidentally found on the spot.
“It was the vigilante who reported the matter to the police for immediate response.
“After a thorough investigation, we recovered the gun and the two cars, and we are still doing our best to confirm the identities of the two suspects,” he added.
He reiterated the Nigerian police’s commitment to securing Yobe state and urged the people to be vigilant about their environment.