20-year-old welder killed at political gathering in Maiduguri

20-year-old welder killed at political gathering in Maiduguri

- The Borno commissioner of police, Damian Chukwu, says the command has arrested 24 persons in connection with a killing which occurred on April 15

- Chukwu states that the police had earlier declined a request by a politician, Terab, to hold a political meeting at his residence in GRA area of Maiduguri

The police command in Borno on Tuesday, April 17, confirmed that one person was killed in Maiduguri during a gathering at the residence of a politician, Grema Terab.

The commissioner of police, Damian Chukwu, told newsmen in Maiduguri that the command had arrested 24 persons in connection with the killing which occurred on April 15.

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Chukwu disclosed that men of the command had recovered the corpse of a 20-year-old welder, Maina Mustapha, at the residence of the politician, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said the command had earlier declined request by Terab to hold a political meeting at his residence in GRA area of Maiduguri.

“Terab sent a request in a letter with a PDP logo, seeking permission to hold a meeting at his residence in the GRA area. The letter was signed by Terab and not by the PDP Chairman or any other official of the party.

“And considering the appearance of a party logo on the letter, we notified him that the command would not permit political gathering within residential areas and advised him to hold the meeting at public places or hotels to enable us to provide security.

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“Terab acted against the command’s position, held the meeting at his residence and in the process one persons was stabbed to death," he said.

The commissioner added that Terab, who was the convener of the meeting, went into hiding and has been ordered to report to the nearest police station.

He said that investigation into the case had begun.

In another report, the Borno police command on Tuesday, April 17, confirmed the arrest of a female bomber at the Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp in Maiduguri.

Edet Okon, police public relations officer in a statement in Maiduguri said the bomber was arrested by men of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal ( EOD ) team, on Tuesday at about 6.50 am while lurking around the Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs ) camp.

He said that policemen condoned off the area, diffused the bomb and apprehended the suspect. The police spokesman added that the suspect is in police custody.

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