by Omolola Odugbesan
A suspected Boko Haram top member has been killed by security operatives in Kaduna during a gun duel with security operatives.
The joint operation which involved officers from the Nigeria Police, Soldiers and SSS, stormed his Kinkino residence in Agwan Mu’azu area of Kaduna State on sunday around 2am following a tip off.
The security operatives ordered the occupants of the house to come out. The occupants- two in number however, decided to shoot at the security operatives rather than obey the order.
The shooting resulted in the killing of one of the occupants, believed to be one of the top members of the Boko Haram sect, while the other was arrested as he attempted to escape.
One of the residents of the area who claimed anonymity said they thought it was armed robbers that were shooting, but later discovered it was a shooting duel between two suspected boko haram members and the security operatives.
It was gathered that several SIM cards and school certificates were recovered from the suspect’s house after the shooting.
The two suspects were known as Usman in the Kinkino neighbourhood and were also said to always take part in religious activities of the community after relocating to the neighbourhood two months ago.
According to Thisday Newspaper, it was gathered that the Kaduna State Police Command heard nothing about the incidence. The State Police Command Spokesman, Aminu Lawan confirmed he heard nothing about the shooting or the arrest of any boko haram member.
Meanwhile, women in chibok some of whose daughters were kidnapped by the boko haram sect some 85days ago following other attacks that were launched on the community and the threat of further attacks cried out asking for relocation from the dangerous zone.
The women made a call to prominent Nigerians yesterday to help in relocating them and their children from their village as some of their neighbouring villages has also been attacked with great casualties resulting to lost of their loved ones and their means of livelihood.
The incessant attacks has caused most of the villagers to take refuge on mountain tops and bushes where they are now being killed by snakes and other deadly animals.
In a press briefing organised by Gabasawa women and Macedonian Initiatives and two non-governmental organisations[NGOS] ,the Chibok women spoke to reporters on phone stating how they had resolved to hiding in the bush for the fear of being killed by the Boko Haram sect.
They expressed their sadness on how their children are dying from snake bites, while husbands are being killed on their farmlands.
Phillip, a resident of Chibok community said men in the area has lost hope in government and soldiers, but rather pleaded with Prominent Nigerians, especially women to help in the relocation of their wives and children to safer parts of the country.
Rev. Ladi Thompson , a member of the board of Gabasawa Women confirmed that the two organisations are already making some arrangement with some South-west governors and influential women to raise some funds to hasten the relocation of the women and their children.