IDP Beaheded In Borno: Preliminary Investigation Points To Group Fighting, One Arrested

By Ibrahim-Gwamna Mshelizza

Governor Kashim Shettima has received with utter shock and sadness information concerning the murder of an internally displaced person whose body was found at the Shettima Ali Monguno Teachers Village ‎camp on Thursday.

The fully fenced camp, located at pompamari, near the headquarters of the seven division, hosts 13,000 displaced persons from Ngala and Kukawa local government areas while two Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) of Ngala and Kukawa alongside police men under their formations live at the camp as part of security measures long adopted by Government.

The male victim's body was not found beheaded. Contrary to media reports, the victim was found tied with bruises on his head apparently resulting from hits(blows).

Governor Kashim Shettima who is very much disturbed has since ordered immediate investigations by the police and demanded arrest of any person connected to the incident. The Governor also directed officials to comb the camp and to search within and around and to ensure no displaced person has any object that can cause injury.

The police has recovered the body ‎of the victim and his identity will be revealed to members of the public after his family is contacted.

The Executive Chairman of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency, Engineer Garba Satomi informed Governor Shettima on Thursday that the police has arrested a displaced person in connection with the the attack and that more suspects where being trailed. Satomi also said the investigation has so far pointed at a disagreement between a group of youths who later conspired and attacked the murdered victim.

As at 8 :00 pm of Thursday, camp officials were already complying with Governor Shettima's orders as meetings were being held between officials and chairmen of the two local government areas at the camp with participation of members of the civilian JTF while the camp was combed with searches being conducted.

Governor Kashim Shettima said Government will never accept threats in any IDP camp where citizens already suffer the trauma of being displaced as a result of insurgency attacks.