Boko Haram kills former Controller-General of Prisons in Bauchi

Barely 24 hours after gunmen killed 9 people in an attack at Zango area of Bauchi metropolis, another set of gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram, invaded Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State and shot a former Controller-General of Prisons, Alhaji Ibrahim Jarma, in front of his house. 

Jarma later died at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, on Tuesday.

The gunmen, who were said to be two, also killed one warder and injured another in the operation that took place on Monday night.

The former Controller-General of Prisons, who retired in 2002 was shot in the arm and leg in front of his house after coming out from the mosque where he had gone to observe his Isha'i prayer.

It was gathered that when the attackers arrived at his house, they opened fire on the guards at the house, which led to the killing of the warder and injuring of another.

The Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, Dr Mohammed Dambam, confirmed that Alhaji Jarma was brought to the hospital for treatment but was later referred to the ATBUTH in Bauchi as his case was critical.

A source at the ATBUTH confirmed that the ex-prisons boss was brought to Bauchi late Monday night in a very critical condition and later died on Tuesday, adding that his corpse had since been taken away by his people for burial.

The late Jarma joined politics after his retirement from service and contested the 2003 gubernatorial election in Bauchi State on the ticket of the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) against former Governor Ahmed Adamu Mua'zu.