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.



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