By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) – Unknown gunmen have killed Markus Ishaya, a local campaign coordinator of Nasir El-Rufai – the Governor-Elect of Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.
El-Rufai’s spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna.
According to Aruwan, the gunmen trailed Mr. Ishaya to his village, Atuku Kasa, Atuku Ward of Jema’a local government area of the state and shot him several times.
He was El-Rufai’s coordinator in Atuku Ward.
“His family informed us that unknown gunmen stormed his residence and shot him several times.
“The men, two in number were well armed and did not pick any property in his residence except carrying out the ungodly act.
“The Police have visited the scene of the crime and have commenced investigation. While we appreciate their prompt action, our expectation is that the security agencies will fully investigate this killing and prosecute the perpetrators.
“Security agencies must adequately protect all Nigerians irrespective of their status and standing.”
Malam El-Rufai has condoled the bereaved family and prayed for the soul of the deceased.
“Our empathy and prayers go to the family of Mr. Markus Ishaya and the entire community over this callous murder and desecration of human life.
“May Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest and give his family and friends the fortitude to bear this painful loss.”
When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Zubairu Abubakar said he cannot confirmed the incidence because he was yet to hear from the Divisional Police Officer of the area.
“I just read that too on a paper, but I am yet to reach the Divisional Police Officer in that area for confirmation. So I cannot confirm to you now, but I will get back to you as soon as I get details of what happened,” he said in a phone interview with Africa Prime News.
The killing of Ishaya brings to ten the number of All Progressives Congress (APC) members killed in the state during the election campaign and after the general elections.