A senior lecturer with the department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri, Malam Murtala Mohammed, was, on Sunday, shot dead by unknown gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
The don was shot dead at about 5.00 p.m while on inspection of his ongoing building project around 202 Housing Estate in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Murtala, said to be undergoing his doctorate degree course, was said to have died on the spot when the gunmen fired several bullets at him.
Several attempts to get the sate police commissioner to comment on the incident failed.
Speaking with the Nigerian Tribune through telephone, some students of the institution said killing and kidnapping of lecturers was becoming rampant.
“One of our senior lecturer, Dr Abba Kagu, is still nowhere to be found. These people are salary earners, they are not politicians and they do not have the money these gunmen are looking for. For God’s sake, how can someone just go and shoot a lecturer? Malam Murtala of all people, who was very kind,” one of the students said.