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Emir attacked by Boko Haram speaks, says ‘It was a narrow escape’

By News Express on 31/05/2014

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Emir of Askira, Borno State, His Royal Highness, Mai Abdullahi Ibn Muhammadu, the Askirama 111, has narrated how he narrowly escaped death yesterday when Boko Haram terrorists attacked the convoy in which he was travelling.

The Emir Emir of Gwoza, Idrissa Tinta, died in the incident while the Emir of Uba, Ismaila Mamza, survived when they were waylaid on their way to attend the funeral of the late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar.

Emir Ibn Muhammadu, a member of the National Conference holding in Abuja, said in response to a text message sent to him by the Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Professor Akinyemi: “My deputy Chairman, I’m most grateful, it was a narrow escape.” James Akpandem, Head of Media and Communications at the national Conference, disclosed that the Emir made the disclosure as he “was taking a deep breath after the miraculous escape.”

According to Akpandem, Professor Akinyemi in a solidarity message to the Emir said: “Your Royal Majesty, on behalf of the National Conference, please accept our heartfelt relief at the failure of the attack on your convoy. We thank Allah for your safety.”

He added that Akinyemi who has been standing-in for the Justice Kutigi since the demise of the latter’s wife on Wednesday, expressed the joy of the delegates over the escape of the Emir and whole heartedly condemned what he described as “cowardly and dastardly attack.”

Akinyemi observed that the spirit of the 1999 Constitution which allows freedom of movement, freedom of association and freedom of lawful assembly would not be defeated by any act of terror and urged Nigerians to rise in defence of their God-given rights without any form of intimidation.

Meanwhile, delegates to the National Conference and other distinguished Nigerians on Friday continued to pay condolence visits to the Conference Chairman and former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi, over the death of his wife, Hajiya Maryamu.

On Friday, the family of the deceased also announced that the Fidau Prayers for the late Maryamu will hold on Sunday by 10 am at Justice Kutigi’s residence along Nelson Mandela Street in Asokoro, Abuja.

Maryamu, 70, passed on at the early hours of Wednesday, May 29, 2014 at the National Hospital in Abuja. She has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

At the burial were notable Nigerians led by the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, principal officers and delegates to the National Conference led by the Conference Deputy Chairman and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi. President Goodluck Jonathan also visited the family house to commiserate with Justice Kutigi.

The previous day, the National Conference had also received with shock, the news of the death of Adebola, son to one of the delegates to the Conference and former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, in a car accident in Lagos.

Adebola, whose father is the Chairman of the Conference Committee on Energy, was said to have died when a truck rammed into his Golf car while driving along the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos.

Akinyemi, on behalf of the principal officers and delegates to the Conference has expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased, particularly, His Excellency, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.

•Photo shows Confab Chairman Justice Kutigi.

Source News Express

Posted 01/06/2014 12:51:36 AM

 

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