Bloody Day In Kano: Gunmen Kill SSS Officer, Wife, 3 Children

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It was a bloody day in Kano as unidentified gunmen early this morning invaded the home of  Garba Bello Hadejia, 49, a State Security Service, SSS, operative and killed him, his wife,  Habiba and three of his children.

Bello, who was serving in the SSS Medical department in Sokoto had been ill for sometime now  and was given a sick leave, P.M.News learnt.

According to sources, the assassins attacked his house at Kundila Estate, Zoo Road at about  1 a.m. today and killed him, his wife, Habiba, 38, and three of his children, Khalif, 17,  Hafsat, 19, and Murje, 6, while Bello, 21, and Farouk, 14, escaped.

Bello is in custody of the SSS in Kano , while Farouk who was seriously injured, is taking  treatment in a Kano hospital.

“This is a clear case of assassination. We have checked the whole house and nothing was  removed from there. A day before yesterday, he complained that an unknown person locked him  inside.

“When he came out for prayers and discovered that his gate had been locked from outside, he  had to make calls for somebody to break the gate for them to come out for prayers.”

P.M.News also gathered that early this year, while the late Bello and his family were in  Sokoto, armed robbers raided his house (the same place he was killed) and carted away all  his belongings.

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It is not yet clear the reason behind the assassination, but there are indication that the  late SSS officer might have been in a running battle with unknown persons over issues  security agents are yet to ascertain.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Gana confirmed the story.

He told P.M.News this morning in his office that the incident “is a clear case of  assassination. We were there this morning and preliminary investigation has indicated that  it was not a robbery attack.

“Two of his children escaped from the hands of the assassins. We are going to interrogate  them to find out whether they can give us any clue. Investigation is still on; and no arrest  has been made yet.”

Bello who hailed from Hadejia, Jigawa state started his career from Kano State.

The victims were about being buried at the time of going to press.

—Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/ Kano