Gunmen in the early hours of Saturday killed a senior staff of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi, Abubakar Muhammad, who is also an engineer.
The incident was announced on the official Facebook page of the Federal Polytechnic, Bauchi.
The gunmen reportedly stormed the deceased’s residence located at Birshin Fulani area, in the outskirts of Bauchi metropolis, along Bauchi-Dass road at about 2.30am and murdered him in cold blood.
The deceased was a Chief Engineer in the Directorate of Physical Planning of the institution.
The message reads: “Inna Lillahi wa Inna ilaihi rajiun. Unknown gunmen killed one of our staff, Chief Engineer, Engr. Abubakar Garba Muhammad (Babangida Birshi) of Directorate of Physical Planning around 2:30am at his resident in Burshin Fulani.”
The statement indicated that his funeral (Jana’iza) prayer as announced by the family will hold this morning in Birshin Fulani Mosque, behind his house praying that “may Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant his soul Jannatil Firdausi.”
This has also been confirmed by the Public Relations Unit of the Polytechnic, describing the development as “most unfortunate”.
It assured that everything humanly possible will be done to arrest the fleeing gunmen.
Bauchi State Police Command confirmed the incident to journalists.
The Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, told journalists in a telephone interview that the number of the gunmen is yet to be ascertained.
Wakil, a Superintendent of Police, said that the deceased was shot in the neck by the gunmen and was rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital Bauchi where he was confirmed dead.
He said, “yes, I can confirm to you that unknown gunmen attacked Burshin Fulani and killed one man, Abubakar Garba Muhammad of the Federal Polytechnic.
“He was shot on the neck. Our men who rushed to the scene evacuated him to the Teaching Hospital where the medical team on duty certified him dead”.
The Command’s spokesman added that: “Our patrol team stationed at the main gate of the Polytechnic on hearing gunshots from the direction at about 4am, quickly mobilized and rushed to the area.
“The gunmen who sighted the light of the patrol van of our men, fled”.