From TIMOTHY OLANREWAJU, Maiduguri
The ceasefire declared recently by the Jama’atul Ahlun Sunnah Lid Da’awati Wa Jihad famously known as Boko Haram suffered another setback yesterday as three Korean medical doctors were killed in Potiskum, Yobe State by gunmen suspected to be members of the sect. Sources said some gunmen had sneaked into a rented apartment occupied by the Koreans in the early hours of yesterday.
“The three Koreans were medical doctors attached to the Potiskum General Hospital. The gunmen entered their compound, a rented apartment without anybody knowing except maybe the maiguards (the local security guards) and butchered them,” a Potiskum resident, who preferred to be anonymous said. Daily Sun gathered that the three slain doctors were among some Koreans, who came to Yobe to offer technical expertise on various fields of human development including medical science following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Yobe State Government and Korean Government.
Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, who confirmed the incident to Daily Sun said the victims were nationals of North Korea. “It is very sad and I’m just on my way to Potiskum now. The information that the victims are from South Korea is a distorted one. They are actually from North Korea,” the CP stated, even as he assured that the police would do everything within their constitutional duties to protect the lives and property of the people.
He, however, said no arrest was made as at the time of filing the report. Meanwhile, both the Yobe State Government and the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) have condemned the killing, describing it as shocking and gruesome. The NMA, through a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr Adamu Alhassan Umar said: “NMA Yobe is saddened by the news of the gruesome murder of three Korean health workers in Potiskum” and other health workers especially the recent one in Kano.
Also a statement issued in Damaturu by the Special Adviser on Press Affairs and Information to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, Abdullahi Bego conveyed the “heartfelt condolences” of the Yobe government to the families of the deceased, the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, the people and government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), adding that the incident was “sad and unfortunate.” “The Yobe State Government has received with shock, news of the murder of three doctors from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Potiskum today (Sunday).
The doctors, working for the state government were killed in the early hours of Sunday at their residence by gunmen. The Yobe State Government strongly condemns the murder of these doctors, who had contributed immensely to improving healthcare service delivery in the state,” Bego said through the statement. He also disclosed that the government was making arrangements with the Korean coordinator in the state “to transfer the remains of the deceased to their home country as soon as possible.”
He said government would offer every possible support to the security agencies to track and prosecute the perpetrators of the act, which he described as “criminal and condemnable.” He assured that the state government would continue to partner with the security agencies to ensure the safety of the people and their property.