Major General Mamman Shuwa, one of the men who took an active part in the Nigerian Civil War was shot dead on Friday, his death has been confirmed by the Joint Task Force. He held command positions during the war and he served with officers like then Colonel Murtala Mohammed and Olusegun Obasanjo. He also served as a Federal Minister during the Gowon administration.
Shuwa was gunned down in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State by men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect. Four men who pretended to be visitors looking for him entered his living room and opened fire on him and two other guests who were with him. One of the guests died on the spot while the General gave up on the way to the hospital.
The retired Major General, a revered Borno elder was known to be a close ally of the former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff who the Islamist sect listed his arrest and prosecution as one of their conditions for peace. His burial has been slated for later on Friday.
The killing took place less than 24 hours after the Boko Haram sect reeled out a list of conditions for the cessation of hostilities. The JTF however disclosed a few hours after that the sect was planning more attacks in Borno State.