In what appears a reprisal attack, unknown gunmen on Saturday killed the zonal vice chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, in Adamawa, Saidu Sale Kolaku.
Mr Kolaku, who has been assisting security operatives in tracking down kidnappers and other criminals, was recently honoured by the state police command.
Confirming the incident, Sulaiman Nguroje, police spokesman in the state said, “unknown gunmen stormed the resident of the Fulani leader located at Sabon Pegi in Mayo Belwa local government, shot him and left him in the pool of blood.
“Following the incident, there was a distress call to the police who rushed to the scene and took the victim to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by the doctor on duty.”
Mr Nguroje, a deputy superintendent of police (DSP) said Adamawa State police commissioner had dispatched men of the homicide department to unravel the mystery behind the killing of the Fulani leader.
“Indeed, police received the death of the slain man with shock because of his invaluable contribution towards fighting crime and criminality, especially his gallantry in the fight against kidnappers.
“The command has launched manhunt for the fleeing culprits and God’s willing, they will be tracked down and brought to justice.”
Reacting to the killing, the Public Relations Officer, PRO, of Miyetti Allah, Muhammad Jika Buba, said the killing of Kolaku may be a reprisal attack by men of the underworld to avenge the role he plays in tackling criminality, especially kidnapping and cattle rustling.
“Because efforts of Kolaku in fighting crime had made the Police command to honour him on 17th July 2019, for his gallantry and valiant exploits in fighting kidnappers and cattle rustlers rampaging the state.
“It’s unfortunate that the death of our zonal leader will seriously undermine the fight against crime and criminality in the state,’’ he said.