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Ex-Prisons Boss Buried Amidst Praises, Eulogies

| September 23, 2012 More

Bauchi โ€” The recent death of a former Comptroller-General of Prisons, in Azare, Bauchi State from bullet wounds has further heightened tension in the volatile state.

Bauchi State, like its counterparts in the North East has witnessed many violent deaths in the hands of unknown gunmen of late, but the recent killing of Alhaji Ibrahim Mohammed Jarma, a former Comptroller-General of Prisons has come as a rude shock to the people of the state, especially its elite.

The late ex-Comptroller-General reportedly died in the hospital on Tuesday from injuries he sustained from gunshots, Monday, September 17, 2012.

Family members said the former top ranking prison official died of internal bleeding before he could be taken to the National Hospital in Abuja for further treatment.

Before the family could prepare his remains to Azare for burial, his house was set ablaze by a teenager.

The teenager whose name was not made public as at press time, allegedly torched Alhaji Jarma’s guest house in Azare with petrol and lit it with dynamite. Parts of the building were saved by residents and the teenager was captured and handed over to the police.

Weekly Trust gathered that late Jarma was coming out from a mosque adjacent his house in Azare, Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State around 7: 35 after night prayers ( Isha’i), when two gunmen opened fire on him at close range, with bullets ripping through his left shoulder and thigh.

The attackers make sure that he fell to the ground before they disappeared; raising speculation that he was the target.

The attackers also opened fire on his security guards who were all prison warders, killing one and injuring the other.

The shooting came to many residents as a rude shock especially his neighbors and family members. He was immediately rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, where he undergone minor surgeries before his transfer to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi where he died the following day.

Many people described the late Jarma as an honest, humble, simple person who accommodated and assisted all without discrimination.

An eye witness, Malam Ahmad Musa, the headmaster of the Bello Jiyau Memorial Islamiyya School, Azare, founded by the late former Comptroller General said he left Jarma in the mosque few minutes before the shooting.

Musa who could not control emotions, told Weekly Trust amidst tears that “I just left after the magrib prayer around to 7:00 pm. We prayed together with him. I was on my way home and I had not gone far when I heard gunshots. I did not know what was happening. I turned back and went to the house and I saw people running. I asked and they said maigida has been shot.

“We were shocked and confused. When I reached the spot, he was still on the ground where he fell. We brought car and took him to the hospital. Before we got to the FMC, the car even broke down and we had to find a way of carrying him to the hospital. He was shot on the shoulder and leg. The shooting was terrible. He did not die immediately.”

Ahmad described the late Jarma as a deeply religious and generous person who loved the poor and peaceful loving, saying, “I really lost somebody and I pray Allah to accept his soul and grant him eternal rest, amen.”

Late Jarma’s son, Engineer Ibrahim Jarma was too shock by the death of his father that he could not alter any comment when asked about how he felt.

One of deceased’s nephews, Yayaya Ibrahim Gamawa, whose mother is the elder sister of the late Jarma told newsmen that, “I received a message that he was unconscious. That he was shot just after the Isha prayer and I started calling people to confirm the story. I was confused. How can this thing happen to him ten years after he retired from service. He was not involved in anything. He even left politics. He said he was no longer interested in politics. So, who would do such a thing to him? I was really sad and confused. I don’t know when these killings would stop?”

Gamawa urged the authority to stand up and do the right thing. “What I mean by the right thing is, they have to reorganize the security system. We have to collate and disseminate information; we should not wait until something happened before we act. This thing can be avoided if the security apparatus are organized,” he said.

Many relatives and friends after the funeral prayers described him as a good gentleman to the core. A retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Alhaji Muhammadu Danmadami, while describing the late prison boss as an exemplary leader, called for honesty in tackling the current security challenges in the country.

The retired DIG who was among sympathizers at the deceased’s residence in Azare said: “What is happening is very unfortunate. The solution to it in my earnest opinion is for everyone to be honest and to do the right thing at all time.”

In the same vein, the former Head of Service of the Federation, Mahmud Yayale described the experience of losing a prominent person as the former Comptroller-General as painful.

Yayale said: “It is destined that some of us who are alive now will go through this trauma and it has been very pathetic, tragic and overwhelming to us all.”

Also speaking, a former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Garba Gadi said the late Jarma has cause to lament the level of insecurity in the country, saying it has been a source of concern him.

Gadi who described the death of Jarma as a great loss, said “this is one of the saddest days of my life, because I was with him that fateful day. Early in the morning on the day he died, I was with him in the hospital; unfortunately after I left him to my house, he gave up. Jarma was my childhood friend and classmate and was a brilliant, honest, highly disciplined gentleman. He was so kind to everybody at the same time he did not take nonsense right from his childhood and throughout his career; no wonder he reached the peak before he retired.”

The remains of the former Comptroller-General of Prisons, was Tuesday evening laid to rest at Azare, his home town even as reports filtered in that while his funeral rites were being conducted, some hoodlums set fire to his four-bedroom guest house along Jama’are-Kano road.

The late Jarma, 67, left behind two wives – Hajiya Saratu and Hajiya Adama as well as nine children among whom are Enginner Ibrahim Jarma, a graduate from University of Jos and Hajiya Rukayya Jarma, a lawyer.

Category: Bauchi State News

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