A Zamfara-based lawyer, Barrister Benedict Torngee Azza, was found lying lifeless in a pool of blood after gunmen suspected to be kidnappers waylaid him in Gusau Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
According to sources, the assailants shot Azza three times before fleeing on their heels.
Junaidu Abubakar Esq, the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Zamfara, in a statement on Friday, said the lawyer was assassinated yesterday evening by suspected kidnappers who attempted to abduct him from his house.
According to the chairman, Azza escaped the kidnap attempt, but was given a chase and shot dead afterwards.
“Yesterday at about 2230hrs, while I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B. T. Azza Esq. was shot dead by unknown gunmen and his body was lying on the roadside along the bypass near FRSC office, Gusau,” Abubakar stated.
He added: “Immediately after receiving the information, I rushed to the scene where I met our colleagues, Abdullahi Ibrahim Esq. and Ibrahim Sani Gusau Esq. with many numbers of security personnel (police and soldiers).
“I saw BT Azza’s dead body lying in cold blood on the shoulders of the road. I also saw his accident vehicle (Lexus Jeep) by the roadside.
“While we were there, FRSC’s personnel came to the scene with a body bag in which the dead body was deposited and taken by the police to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital, Gusau where his dead body was deposited in the mortuary.”
The slain lawyer lived at Saminaka Area, behind the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Headquarters, Byepass, Gusau, Zamfara State.
His neighbours said they heard some gunshots in the area, and after a while, they also heard the loud sound of a vehicle accident. When they came out and rushed to the scene, they saw Azza open his vehicle’s door and struggle to the roadside where he sat down bleeding before he passed away.
When contacted, Muhammed Shehu, the Zamfara State police spokesman, told WikkiTimes the command has commenced a discreet investigation with a view to unravelling the circumstances behind the killing, also arresting the perpetrators of the ugly incident.
Shehu added that the perpetrators if trailed successfully, would be charged to court for prosecution.
“Similarly, the police command has intensified patrol within Gusau and its environs,” Shehu said, urging residents to be vigilant and report suspicious movement to the police for action.