Family of three slaughtered in new style Maiduguri killing

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Residents believe the killing was carried out by members of the Boko Haram sect

A man and one of his sons were hacked to death in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, on Thursday.

The man, whom residents identified as Daniel Lassa, was killed when suspected members of the insurgent group, Boko Haram, attacked him in his house located at Dikwa low-cost housing area of Maiduguri. Two of his teenage sons were also attacked, with one of them killed in the process.

The second son is currently at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where he is being treated.

A nurse at the hospital told PREMIUM TIMES that the survivor is in a dire condition, after surgery was carried out on him for several hours.

Residents of the area said that before he was killed, Mr. Lassa had been getting threat calls from his killers asking for money.

The Maiduguri fear

Though largely unreported by the mainstream media, PREMIUM TIMES learnt that several residents of Maiduguri have received calls and instructions from Boko Haram members, and directed to give money to the group.

“Many residents, out of fear pay this money,” a resident, who did not want his name in print for security reasons, said.

The Joint Task Force in Maiduguri had, in August, warned residents to stop giving money and materials, out of fear, to the Boko Haram.

The way Mr. Lassa and his son were killed suggests a new pattern of killing for the sect. On Monday, armed men suspected to be Boko Haram members, had also killed about 40 people in Mubi, Adamawa State; many of them macheted like Mr. Lassa.

An unyielding Mr. Lassa

Sources close to the deceased said he refused the demand by his Boko Haram callers for money.

“He reported the matter to the police and even stored their number on his phone as Boko Haram 1, Boko Haram 2, and Boko Haram 3,” a resident close to the deceased said.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the deceased, a Christian nurse at El-Kanemi football club of Maiduguri, complained to several friends about the threat calls. A source said the suspected killers then called Mr. Lassa when they heard that the football club had paid its staff arrears owed them.

“That may have been the reason they attacked him, because he refused to give them the money,” the source said.

The assailants attacked, to kill the three people they met at home, with machete and other weapons.  Mr. Lassa’s wife, a staff of the College of Fisheries, Baga, escaped as she was still at work when the attackers arrived, a neighbour said.

Efforts to get the reaction of security operatives on the story were unsuccessful. Both the JTF and the police spokespersons declined to pick their calls when contacted.  Text messages sent were also not responded to.

Maiduguri is a major base of operations for the dreaded Boko Haram sect.

  • Bill Hansen

    This is a really, really weak story with little evidence and more than the normal generous amounts of speculation. Even the unidentified sources cited use caveats like “may have”. The accusation that the multiple deaths at the Federal Polytechnic in Mubi last is also unsubstantiated which, of courser, doesn’t seem to deter your intrepid reporter. This is not serious reporting of the news. It’s nothing more than poor writing.

  • Somebody

    This is evidence that another Boko Haram is currently operating and no more the original one. The original one purportedly motivated by religion. This version of BH is killing for money.

    • Enemona

      Killing, for any reason, is wrong and should be condemned. We do not care about any sort or type of Boko Haram, motivated by religion or not, they should never exist in our society. They belong to the stone age. When did killing become so fashionable, may God help us, some people are so heartless.

  • Hcredo

    It appears that thugs are having a field day in the North, killing, kid-napping and bombing every where and any way they like. I am proud of Mr. Lassa (may his soul rest in peace) for sticking to his principles and defending his wealth and honour from his attackers. By not succumbing to the threats of the most vile of society, he has died and honourable death and serves as an example for the rest of us to stand up to these aggressors, we are more than them and I believe that the weapon of faith is stronger than any other weapon. It is not befitting that the good, decent and hard working people of society should submit to the low and most despicable members of the society.

  • Ibrahim

    Premium Times? I can’t believe this shoddy report appears on this website. I’ve chaned my view about it.