One of Nigeria’s civil war heroes, General Muhammadu Shuwa, was yesterday shot dead by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect at his residence in Maiduguri, Borno State.
Also yesterday, a lawmaker representing Jos South/Jos East in the House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze faulted the nomination of former head of state, General Mohammadu Buhari by Boko Haram as their chief negotiator, warning that Buhari “is incapable of negotiating for peace in Nigeria.”
Also killed in Maiduguri yesterday with the retired general were his military security men and a yet to be identified guest.
The gunmen were said to have disguised as guests who came to pay the usual Friday homage to him at his residence located in Gwange, one of the hotbeds of the Boko Haram insurgence in Maiduguri.
Confirming the killing of the warhero in a press statement, the spokesman of the Joint Task Force, Lt. Col. Sagir Musa said: “At about 12 noon today (Friday) at General Muhammadu Shuwa (Rtd) house in Gwange 1 area of Maiduguri metropolis. While the General was seated in his house with some guests, four men initially thought to be his visitors and guests for the Juma’at prayers entered his house and opened fire on the General and his guests.
“One of the guests died on the spot while the general died on the way to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital.
“The JTF troops located in the area immediately cordoned off the area and a search is ongoing to apprehend the terrorists. The terrorists that carried out the killing of the late General will be brought to book.”
The JTF spokesman called on the citizens to bring forward information that could assist security agencies to apprehend the terrorists.