18 September 2012

Nigeria: Leadership Conference - Gov Shettima Rushes Home Over Assassination of Attorney-General

Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima, rushed back to Maiduguri from Abuja last night after receiving the news of the assassination of his attorney-general and commissioner for justice, Barrister Zanna Mallam Gana.

The governor was in Abuja to deliver the keynote address at the LEADERSHIP Conference and Awards holding today at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

The late attorney-general was shot at about 8.30pm yesterday in Bama, his hometown, by unknown gunmen. He was in the company of Alhaji Abba Yerima, the former chairman of PDP of Bama Local Government of Borno State, who recently defected to the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). Barrister Zanna died on the spot, while Alhaji Yerima was rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

Details of the attack were sketchy at the time of filing this report.

The late attorney-general was an accomplished legal practitioner who had served as member of the executive council of Borno State during the Ali Modu Sheriff administration. In May 2011, after Alhaji Kashim Shettima emerged as governor-elect, Gana was appointed by the then outgoing administration to chair the transition committee saddled with the task of ensuring a smooth transition between the incoming and outgoing administrations. He was said to have discharged that responsibility creditably to the admiration of the people of the state and particularly Kashim Shettima, who retained him as attorney-general and commissioner for justice, the position he held until his death yesterday.

The funeral of the late attorney-general is billed to take place today in Bama, about 100 kilometres from Maiduguri.

Also yesterday, a former comptroller-general of the Nigerian Prisons Service and one-time gubernatorial candidate of the ANPP in the 2003 general election in Bauchi State, Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma, was reportedly attacked by unknown gunmen around 8.45 last night at his home town, Azare, on his way to perform Isha prayer in a community mosque.

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