From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri
Five people were killed in Geidam, a small community in Yobe State at the weekend by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram. Geidam is located in the northern part of the north-eastern Yobe State.
Sources said the gunmen attacked the Kasuwan Shanu area of Geidam town on Friday night and shot dead five people mostly traders.
A resident who lost his brother in the attack said he left behind the victim to take care of his business while away in Lagos on business trip. “I just got a call that my younger brother was killed, We spoke on phone few days ago. I don’t know what to do now because I’m in Lagos to buy goods and replenish my shop,” the man said on condition of anonymity. Police sources hinted that the perpetrators of the Friday attack in Geidam “might not actually be Boko Haram but armed robbers because the attackers also robbed their victims of their monies and carted away cartons of liquor being sold by their victims.
“We believe the assailants are armed robbers and we have strong feeling that the Kasuwan Shanu attack last Friday was an armed robbery case and not Boko Haram,” a police officer who did not want his name in print said. Yobe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Patrick Egbuniwe, however said four persons were killed in the attack, adding that his command was investigating the matter. “There was an attack on civilians in Geidam by some unknown gunmen and four people were killed. We are still investigating the matter,” the CP said.