Nigeria

Gunmen kill retired NAF chief in Kaduna

Gunmen in the early hours of Friday stormed Birshin Fulani, a suburb of Bauchi metropolis, and kidnapped a nursing mother of three children, Mrs Rukayyat Odedoyin.

Gunmen on Monday night killed Air Vice-Marshal Mohammed Maisaka (rtd) at his residence in Rigasa, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State.

The retired senior air force officer was until his murder, the proprietor and managing director of MSK Hospital, a medical facility he was said to have established to help the highly populated Rigasa community.

AVM Maisaka was a one-time director of the Nigerian Air Force Medical Services, and an ABU Teaching Hospital lecturer of internal medicine, who helped in producing hundreds of doctors across Nigeria and abroad.

Though the police were yet to confirm the incident, a source close to the family, Abubakar Gwantu said, “The armed men arrived at Maisaka’s house late yesterday (Monday) night and met him and his wife in the living room and shot him dead.

“The gunmen first visited the boys’ quarters and picked his personal physiologist and forced him to lead them into the main house. During the commotion, they instantly killed him (AVM Maisaka).

“It is certainly a case of a planned murder. Because they (gunmen) responded to his wife, that they didn’t have business with her, and just casually left the house without picking a thing or threatening anyone further,” he said.

Gwantu stated that Maisaka had been paralysed due to a medical condition for about three years and had been in rehabilitation until his murder on Monday night.

According to him, “Whoever is responsible for this must-have held long grudges against him, because Maisaka has long not been in circulation, but only about treatment abroad, convalescence at home or at a local hospital for evaluation or emergency care.

“In spite of his family opposition, he built and was running a private hospital in the densely populated Rigasa community, Kaduna, as his typical character for social work. He refused in spite of his privileges of social status to live outside the community where he also built his retirement home.

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