Monday, 31 January 2011

DATELINE NIGERIA: Borno, Jos, Bauchi on fire •2 policemen, 2 Boko Haram killed in Maiduguri •Crisis, threat to April polls - Gov Lamido •IBB laments killings

THE crisis in some parts of  Jos, the capital of Plateau State, over the killing of one of the students of the University of Jos took another dimension on Sunday, as some people suspected to belong to a Fulani militia attempted to gain access into the
permanent site of the institution.

Also, in Maiduguri, Borno State, an attack launched by the outlawed Boko Haram  sect claimed the lives of two policemen and two Boko Haram members.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that at about 9.00 a.m. on Sunday, the attackers, in their large numbers, stormed the village adjourning the university for advancement into the institution but were engaged by the natives and some of the students.

Commander of the Special Task Force (STF) in charge of security in the state, Brigadier-General Hassan Umaru, told newsmen that his command received a report at about 10.00 a.m.  that the university was under attack, adding that on getting to the institution, the attackers were found to be hibernating at a village called Riso, at the back of the university.

According to him, because of the terrain, men of the STF could not gain access to the village but had to get to it through Naraguta village and pursued them to Yelwa Sango, where they engaged them in a shootout which lasted two hours.

General Umaru pointed out that in the shootout, 27 men of the militia suspected to be Fulani were arrested by his men while a few others disappeared into the nearby hills.

He said at the Yelwa Sango, a body of a mobile policeman whose throat was slit by the militia, was found lying in a pool of his blood.

The state Commissioner of  Police, Mr Abdurrahman Akano, who further confirmed to Nigerian Tribune that a police corporal was killed with an Inspector of Police injured by the militia, said that the policeman was among the first batch of his men sent to the area on getting wind of the incident.


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