From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri
An associate of the former governor of Borno State, Ali Sheriff and renowned businessman, Alhaji Mustapha Flawama was yesterday shot dead in Maiduguri by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram. Daily Sun gathered that Alhaji Flawama, a renowned flour merchant in Borno was gunned down yesterday in front of his house at Polo Ward at about 10.16am by two gunmen believed to be of Boko Haram.
Residents said the gunmen came in an unmarked car and waited in front of the house for their target. “The man was in a car with two of his friends and they were driving out of the house when the gunmen opened fired,” a resident hinted. A middle-aged man who preferred anonymity ‘for security reason’ claimed the two other men who were with Alhaji Flawama were also killed. Flawama, about 60, was a close associate of Sen Ali Sheriff when he held sway as the governor of Borno State Meanwhile, Chibok, a serene community,
South of Borno witnessed coordinated attacks by suspected Boko Haram men as the Divisional Police Station in the town, a Bible College and a primary school as well as a telephone mast were set ablaze on Tuesday night. The attackers, according to residents came in two unmarked Golf Volkswagen cars with petrol and explosive devices. “The policemen on duty were caught unaware and everybody ran helter skelter. But youths in the town mobilised themselves and came out en mass.
The attackers would have succeeded in causing more havoc had the youths not come out in hundreds to chase them away,” a source said. JTF spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement, confirmed the killing of Alhaji Flamawa. “Suspected Boko Haram shot at and killed Alhaji Mustafa Flamawa, a close political associate of the former Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Ali Modu Sherrif at Polo area of Maiduguri at about 8:00 am yesterday. They also made away with an undisclosed amount of money.
The JTF troops arrived the scene and cordoned off the area. Search is ongoing to arrest the terrorists responsible,” the statement. JTF also said a cordon and search operations was conducted at Budum, Gangimari, Kofa Biyu and Shehuri South on Monday. Seven cartons of recorded cassettes containing preaching of the late Boko Haram sect leader, Mohammed Yusuf and also “some other exhibits and photographs that are currently being analysed by the JTF operatives” were recovered.
Also confirming the Chibok incident, Lt Col Musa disclosed that a student was killed during the attack, though he did not give further detail about how the victim was killed. “Suspected Boko Haram attacked Chibok Village at about 8:00 pm on Tuesday 30 October, 2012. The attackers burnt a police station and killed one student of a Chibok School. The intervention of troops prevented the terrorists from doing much damage in the town,” he said even as he disclosed that normal activities have been restored in the area.