By Isaiah Benjamin
The general manager of Kaduna-based New Democrat, Mallam Uztaz Yunus Adam, was on Friday night assassinated in his residence in Ungwa Dosa, Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna State.
Although the Kaduna police command public relations officer Aminu Lawan confirmed the incident, he said that it was not a case of assassination, saying it was a robbery attack.
According to SP Lawan, “it was a case of armed robbery; the robbers came and demanded some items from the man. They collected some items and thereafter shot him dead.”
He said the police have already commenced investigation into the robbery and killing and will not leave any stone unturned to apprehend the perpetrators.
Meanwhile, a neighbour to the deceased who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity confirmed that the man was assassinated by a group of seven assassins who came in a tricycle (KEKE NAPEP) and that the man who killed him was wearing a mask.
“The man was my neighbour, and, according to a family source who also does not want his name mentioned, shortly after the prayer for breaking of fast was called, he went to the mosque and prayed, then came back to break his fast. He then went inside the bathroom to ease himself only to come back to meet his family with the group of seven young men with his wife, one of them wearing a mask and it was the one wearing the mask that actually shot him dead after ordering the family members into a room.
“They came in Keke NAPEP and zoomed off thereafter, not carting away any of their property.
When the publisher of the New Democrat, a weekly newspaper, Senator Mukhtar Ahmed Aruwa, was contacted, he described his late GM as a fine gentleman who would be missed.
On whether it was a case of armed robbery or assassination, he said, “It cannot be a case of armed robbery; they did not take anything from his house; they only took away their phones.”
He said he would ensure that the police carry out a thorough investigation into the killing.
Meanwhile, all efforts to speak to the family members were turned down, as they were still in shock over the brutal killing of the late GM. He has been buried according to Islamic rites.