- Another innocent Nigerian identified as Lawal Musa has been sent to an early grave by bandits in Kaduna
- The deceased is said to be a peacebuilder who have helped the Fulani community grow in many capacities
- In the attack, his elder brother, Alhaji Gide Musa, also sustained injuries
In another sad development in Nigeria, Lawal Musa, popularly known as Alhaji Maijama’a, a Fulani community leader known for his peace-building efforts has been assassinated in Kaduna.
He was killed in Kajuru local government area of the state, Premium Times reports.
This was disclosed by the state commissioner for Internal Security and Homeland Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.
According to the state official, the deceased was killed in the presence of his family. Not only this, but his elder brother also sustained injuries in the attack, Channels TV reports.
“Lawal Musa was a Fulani community leader in the Doka general area of Kajuru LGA who worked closely with with other community leaders towards the success of peace building efforts in the area.
“Lawal Musa was brutally killed by armed bandits in his settlement, right before his family.
“He was on a motorcycle with his elder brother, Alhaji Gide Musa, when some assailants opened fire on them. Alhaji Gide Musa escaped with gunshot injuries, while the gunmen got hold of Alhaji Maijama’a and hacked him to death.
“He has since been buried according to Islamic rites. His brother is recuperating in an undisclosed hospital.
“Late Lawal Musa’s contributions were instrumental towards the re-opening of the Doka weekly market, peaceful resumption of activities at abandoned places of worship and resumption of grazing and farming in the Doka general area."
Legit.ng had reported earlier that the rise in terrorists’ activities, banditry, and abductions across the country has become a source of concern for a lot of Nigerians.
In light of this, Major General Salihi Magashi (rtd), the minister of defence, insinuated that Nigeria is in a critical situation.
Magashi made the disclosure at a National Defence and Security Summit organised by the Defence Headquarters on Monday, March 22.
In a separate report, Governor Nyesom Wike accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of playing politics with the issue of insecurity throughout Nigeria.
The Rivers governor claimed that this was why banditry and violence, especially in the north, had come to stay.
He went on to state that if the government had fought the menace then, things will not be as bad as they are now.
Also, Lucky Irabor, chief of defence staff, gave Nigerians the assurance that peace would soon be restored across the country.
The defence chief disclosed this after he was decorated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, March 5.
He said the nation will soon be liberated from insecurity. Irabor who was promoted to a four-star general added that people cannot continue to live in fear in Nigeria.
Aanu Adegun is a politics and current affairs content editor at Legit.ng with over 7 years of experience in both digital and traditional media. A graduate of English Studies from Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo state, Aanu started his journalism career as a features writer. Aanu, who is also a creative writer has written books and children magazines. He once anchored some specialised pages of a national newspaper. Aanu is also a satirist.