Two Igbo traders were on Saturday, 24th of September, 2022 shot dead by yet to be identified gunmen in Sabon Garri area of the metropolitan part of Kano State.
The deceased are Ifeanyi Elechukwu, aged 41, who was described as the target of the attack and his friend, Chibuille Emmanuel, who was also shot on the leg, but eventually pronounced dead at a private clinic in the State.
The incident, according to witnesses, occurred at about 8.50 pm Saturday night, after the deceased, who was a battery dealer at Shop No. 25, Court Road by New Road, was said to have been invited to the shop by his assailant who posed as a customer.
While the two deceased persons were shot at close range along Court Road by Niger Road in Sabon – garri, the gunmen who appeared to have trailed them to the spot, sped off immediately after the attack.
The Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Police, Kano State, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the death of the two traders and disclosed that the police had commenced full investigation into the tragic incident.
ISWAP Claims Responsibility
In a publication by SaharaReporters, the Islamic State-backed faction of Boko Haram, the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), has claimed for killing of Elechukwu and Chibuille.
ISWAP in a statement obtained by SaharaReporters said the attack was carried out by “soldiers of the caliphate”.
The terror group described Elechukwu as a Nigerian Army spy.
The latest claim by ISWAP comes a few days after it said its men attacked police checkpoints in Ondo and Edo states.