A prominent Islamic scholar, Sheik Ibrahim Musa Albani Kuri, was on Wednesday murdered in Gombe.
Family source said four men armed with matches and covering their faces attacked the slain Islamic scholar at his residence at Tabra area along the Bypass area in Gombe around 3: am.
Gombe police spokesman ASP Mahid Mua’zu Abubakar confirmed the incident to The Nation, describing it as unfortunate. According to Mu’azu, the report on the incident got to the police very late adding Commissioner of Police Oqua Etim has already directed an investigation into the incident. “A family member told the police that the killers came into the house around 3:am. They started threatening and asking him to give them money. They covered their faces with masks. The family said he told them he has no money and was trying to identify their faces, it was in the process that he was attacked with machetes and one of them stabbed him in the chest.
“The Commissioner of Police has directed thorough investigation into the matter to see if we can apprehend any of the perpetrators” he said.
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya condemned the killing, describing it as appalling.
Inuwa, who attended the funeral prayer of the deceased cleric at the Bolari Izala Mosque in Gombe, said the incident has shaken the sense of security and prevailing peace Gombe State has been enjoying.