Borno State today in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG Ambassador Baba Ahmed Jidda, detailed how the Emir of Gowza Alhaji Idrissa Timta was killed by gunmen around 9am today within the Tashan Alade on the way to Biu town, headquarters of Biu Local Government Area in Southern Borno.
According to the state government the Emir was also in company of the Emir of Askira, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu Askirama and Emir of Uba, Alhaji Ali Ibn Ismaila Mamza, to attend the funeral the late Emir of Gombe, in Gombe State.
Narrating how the incident happened, the SSG said: “The late Emir of Gwoza had visited his counterpart, the Emir of Uba yesterday and passed the night in Uba ahead of their planned trip today. The two Emirs were this morning, joined by the Emir of Askira. The three drove in the same vehicle with the intention of going to Biu to be joined by their counterpart in Biu. Unfortunately as they were driving in convoy to Biu, they were ambushed by gun men around Tashan Alade, soon after passing Garkida. The gunmen came after the convoy, specifically targeted the vehicle conveying the three Emirs and opened fire. The Emir of Gwoza was unfortunately killed by the attackers while the Emirs of Askira and Uba escaped unhurt. A policeman in the convoy was shot by the attackers but he survived the attack.”
Desecribing the late Emir, he said; “He was a pillar and one of the rallying points in Borno State,” the statement said, adding that he has visibly worked very hard in the search for peace in Gwoza since the insurgency began.
“Borno State Government is terribly shocked by this incident,” the SSG asserted. “The Government prays that Allah admits the late Emir into aljanna Firadaus and give family, members of the Gwoza Emirate Council, the people of Gwoza, the State Council of Chiefs and the entire people of Borno State the fortitude to bear this very traumatic loss especially at a time the State is still dealing with equally disturbing issues related with security challenges in the State.”
He prayed for accelerated and lasting peace in Borno State and the rest of Nigeria