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After the ban on motorcycle in Zamfara state, a lawyer named Benedict Azza was shot and killed on a motorcycle in Gusau Town, the capital of Zamfara State, by unknown assailants.
At around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Azza—a principal partner of the Gusau-based BT Azza & Co Chambers was shot and killed as he made his way home.
In a statement given to reporters on Friday, the state chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, Junaidu Abubakar, confirmed the occurrence.
“This is to confirm to you that our friend and colleague, Benedict Torngee Azza, Esq., has passed away,” the statement said in part.
“B.T. Azza passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2022, between 2200 and 2230 hours.
“While I was in my house, I received three different phone calls from our colleagues informing me that B.T. Azza Esq was shot dead by gunmen and his body was lying on the roadside along By-pass near FRSC office, Gusau.
“Immediately after receiving the information, I rushed to the scene where I met our colleagues, Abdullahi Ibrahim Esq. and Ibrahim Gusau Esq. with a large number of security personnel (police and soldiers).
“I saw B.T. Azza’s dead body lying in cold blood on the shoulders of the road.
“I also saw his vehicle (Lexus Jeep) by the road side.
“While we were there, the FRSC’s personnel came to the scene with a body bag in which the dead body was deposited and taken by the police to Yariman Bakura Specialists Hospital, Gusau, where his dead body was deposited in the mortuary.
“According to the information, B.T. Azza was shot dead by 2 gunmen suspected to be kidnappers who came on a motorcycle.
“Information has it that the gunmen wanted to kidnap him at his house situated at Saminaka Area, Behind Federal Road Safety Corps Headquarters, By-pass, Gusau, but he was able to escape, drove his vehicle and ran to the road side.
“The gunmen pursued him and shot him dead.
Residents of the neighborhood reported hearing gunshots in the meantime, and after some time, they also heard the loud sound of a car crash.
They observed the dead man bleeding from bullet wounds in his leg as they exited their vehicle and hurried to the site.
The source also mentioned that, “The deceased opened his vehicle’s door, came out and walked with his legs to the main road where he sat down and he started bleeding then later died.
“He was shot three times by the gunmen and after the shooting, they ran away when they saw people coming to the scene.”
The spokesperson for the state police command, SP Mohammed Shehu, confirmed the incident, stressing that, “The police command has since drafted its personnel to pursue the culprits with a view to getting them arrested.”