Gunmen Kills Emir Of Gwoza In His Palace

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The Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji  Idrissa Timta, who last Sunday raised the alarm about the activities of the sect in his domain, was shot dead along with his guard at his palace.


The killing of the emir was followed up with the killing of no fewer than 19 others.


Politician Hyeldi Bwala said the gunmen marched into the palace on Tuesday evening and gunned down the emir and his security guard.


The emir had urged the government to “save our souls”, saying his people were being attacked daily.


Two officials said gunmen attacked a Gwoza village and killed 18 people yesterday.


Alhaji Timta, had in a statement in Maiduguri, the state capital, said economic activities had been cut off in his territory, in addition to daily invasions and killings by the sect. There is no more social life. Farms are being invaded, he added.


The statement was signed on his behalf by Gwoaza Emitate Council Information Officer Ahmed Karau.


The Emir called for a better policing of the Gwaoza-Maiduguri highway to enable the people resume their normal economic lives stalled by the activities of the sect on the major highways.


“Even the food crops cultivated by them in the last farming season have ended up with the Boko Haram as the harvests were seized by the insurgents, making life unbearable.


“There is an urgent need for the security agents to intensify and change their tactics of operation to stop the mass killings in this area,” Alhaji Timta said.


He said the insurgents had also killed many people by blocking major highways, and appealed to security agents to intensify patrol on these roads to prevent the attacks.


“If care is not taken my people will completely flee the area to neighbouring states and countries for safety,’’ he said


The emir urged the General Officer Commanding (GOC) the 7 Division of the Army and other security arms to stop Boko Haram from killing people on the Gwazo – Maiduguri highway.


Alhaji Timta said poor security has caused the death of 350 people this year in the hands of the insurgents on the 135-kilometre Gwoza-Maiduguri; and 152-kilometre Askira-Chibok-Damboa-Maiduguri Forest roads.


In January there were “ambushing and killing” of innocent motorists and passengers daily.


Besides the “blocking and taking over” of three roads in the chiefdom, two bridges on the Bama-Gwoza and Damboa-Gwoza roads have been blown up and destroyed completely with explosives by insurgents.


According to the Emir, these and other life threatening activities of insurgents have prevented many traders and motorists from travelling to Maiduguri.



  1. When Mr. President last year humbly told Nigerians ‘my position as president is not worth the drop of the blood of any Nigerian.’ we were all moved with pity and sympathy. We were also happy that he would do sth urgently to curb the pressure mounted by the insurgents. Now an innocent Emir has also been murdered. Will his death also be in vain or will the govt rise and fight like wounded lion and save us? The sponsors are known by the authorities.


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