13th September, 2010
It was a bloody day in Kano as unidentified gunmen early this morning invaded the home ofÂ Garba Bello Hadejia, 49, a State Security Service, SSS, operative and killed him, his wife,Â Habiba and three of his children.
Bello, who was serving in the SSS Medical department in Sokoto had been ill for sometime nowÂ and was given a sick leave, P.M.News learnt.
According to sources, the assassins attacked his house at Kundila Estate, Zoo Road at aboutÂ 1 a.m. today and killed him, his wife, Habiba, 38, and three of his children, Khalif, 17,Â 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 takingÂ treatment in a Kano hospital.
â€œThis is a clear case of assassination. We have checked the whole house and nothing wasÂ removed from there. A day before yesterday, he complained that an unknown person locked himÂ inside.
â€œWhen he came out for prayers and discovered that his gate had been locked from outside, heÂ had to make calls for somebody to break the gate for them to come out for prayers.â€
P.M.News also gathered that early this year, while the late Bello and his family were inÂ Sokoto, armed robbers raided his house (the same place he was killed) and carted away allÂ his belongings.
It is not yet clear the reason behind the assassination, but there are indication that theÂ late SSS officer might have been in a running battle with unknown persons over issuesÂ 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 â€œis a clear case ofÂ assassination. We were there this morning and preliminary investigation has indicated thatÂ it was not a robbery attack.
â€œTwo of his children escaped from the hands of the assassins. We are going to interrogateÂ them to find out whether they can give us any clue. Investigation is still on; and no arrestÂ has been made yet.â€
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.
â€”Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/ Kano