Two politicians have been killed by suspected members of the outlawed Boko Haram sect in an highway ambush in the troubled Borno State.
It was gathered that the two politicians identified as Modu Janga and Alhaji Abba, who belonged to the All Progressive Congress, APC, were shot dead by the armed men near Mafa town on the Maiduguri-Dikwa road Monday morning.
The two men were said to be returning to Gudumbali after attending a political meeting in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital when their vehicle was ambushed by the gunmen near Mafa town.
According to an eyewitness who resides in Mafa, the insurgents barricaded the road with wood and tree branches, and on identifying the two APC chieftains shot them dead at the spot, and subsequently fled towards Dikwa, a border town with Cameroon.
Residents of Mafa who spoke to journalists on phone, said: the party chairman along with other passengers in the ambushed vehicle, were first flagged down by the insurgents who demanded for identification and that they were shot dead after they were identified to be politicians.”
Fannami speaking on phone to journalists on Tuesday afternoon, said “three gunmen on motorcycles shot dead two people at close range; and fled towards Dikwa
The chairman of Kala/Balge council, Alifa Bukar Rann, also confirmed the incident to journalists on Tuesday at the Government House, Maiduguri.
He said that two officials of APC were shot dead near Mafa town while returning to Gudumbali for official party engagements.