Indications emerged on Saturday that an end to the Boko Haram issue being faced in the country may not be in sight yet. Alhaji Babakura Fugu who acted as the spokesman for the family of the late Boko Haram founder, Mohammed Yusuf was shot dead on Saturday afternoon. His assassination came barely 48 hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo visited the family in Maiduguri.
He was shot right in front of the Fugus family house in Maiduguri around 1.30 pm by a lone gunman who pulled an AK 47 assault rifle from his robe and rained a volley of bullets on the deceased.
Babakura Fugu, 48 who was late Mohammed Yusuf’s brother in-law w as the eldest son of Ba Fugu who was also murdered by security operatives in the wake of the Boko Haram crisis in Maiduguri in 2009. In a text message sent to a radio station, the Boko Haram sect claimed responsibility for the assassination, though as of when this report was being filed, the authenticity of the message could not be ascertained.
Street Journal’s investigations revealed that in his meeting with former President Obasanjo Just two days before he was murdered, Fugu listed a number of conditions on which would make the Boko Haram sect put an end to hostilities and embrace peace.
Street Journal gathered that one of the conditions he gave was that the court judgment of Tuesday, April 13, 2010 should be fully complied with.
Street Journal found out that Justice Mohammed Mustapher of the Borno State High Court 3, Maiduguri, ruled in favour of the family, when it sued the federal and state governments over the extra-judicial murder of its members.
The court then had declared that the “extra judicial murder of the applicant’s father, Alhaji Baba Fugu Mohammed, by the respondents is illegal, unconstitutional and a violation of his right to life as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African charter and the universal declaration of human rights”.
It also ruled that “the detention of and subsequent execution of Alhaji Baba Fugu Mohammed on July 31, 2009 by the respondents was unconstitutional and a violation of his right to fair hearing, as enshrined in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the African charter and the universal declaration of human rights”.
The remaining part of the judgment reads:
“The respondents are hereby ordered to exhume the corpse of the deceased, Baba Fugu Mohammed, wherever it is and release same to his family for a decent burial.
The respondents are hereby ordered to jointly and severally apologise to the applicant for their reprehensive and unconstitutional acts.
The respondents and their agents wherever they may be are hereby restrained from harassing or intimidating the applicant.
The president, Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Inspector General of Police, the executive governor of Borno State and the Attorney General and commissioner of justice, Borno State, the 1st to 5th respondents in this case, are hereby ordered jointly and severally to pay to the applicant the sum of One Hundred Million Naira (N100, 000, 000.00) in compensation to the applicant”.
Yusuf Ali, SAN however filed an appeal against the judgment and the next hearing has been slated for Monday, September 19, 2011.
Street Journal also gathered that Obasanjo had promised to get in touch with the President and get back to the family within three weeks.