Revealed: Soldiers Watched As Gen. Shuwa Was Killed-PM News, Lagos

General Mammam Shuwa was killed at his home in Maiduguri on November 2nd 2012-Photo: Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP
By PM News, Lagos

A relation of General Muhammed Shuwa, who was killed 2 November by gunmen believed to be members of the Boko Haram has revealed how the General died.

The story he related is different materially from the one given by Lt. Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman of the Joint Task Force, in a statement issued on the day that the General was killed.

This is what Sagir Musa said: “At about 12 noon today at General Muhammadu Shuwa (Rtd) house in Gwange 1 area of Maiduguri metropolis, while the General was seated in his house with some guests, four men initially thought to be his visitors and guests for the Jumaat prayers entered his house and opened fire on the General and his guests. One of the guests died on the spot while the general died on the way to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital. The JTF troops located in the area immediately cordoned off the area and search for the assailants is ongoing to apprehend the terrorists. The terrorists that carried out the killing of the late General will be brought to book. We call on the citizens to bring forward information that will assist the security agencies to apprehend the terrorists.”

On the contrary, a relation of the General, Dr. Hassan Bashir said the late General was sitting outside of his house, awaiting a person he had sent to buy a razor blade for him, when the gunmen came calling. And there were between seven to 10 soldiers on guard duty as the shooting happened. The soldiers as Bashir said did nothing to protect the Civil war veteran.
 
Excerpts of the interview as published by the Daily Trust newspaper:
There is controversy surrounding the killing of General Shuwa on Friday, 2nd November, 2012.

Can you tell us what actually happened on that day?

I spoke to him on Wednesday, 31st October, 2012. I told him that I have had enough here in Nigeria and I would like to go back to the US. He told me that actually he had done his best to make me settle here but it appears to be a very difficult situation and therefore said I should go back. All the time, the General will call and ask of my whereabouts and my welfare. On Friday, he went outside his house and sent for a shaving razor blade. He sent one Adam to buy it for him and he then sat on a chair outside the house, waiting for the razor blade. At that very time, some boys, our relatives were sitting together with him as he was waiting for the arrival of the razor blade. Then there was a gentleman, a passerby that saw the General sitting outside. He therefore approached him in order to offer Fatiha (a tradition in Borno whereby indigents recite some verses of the Quran in front of affluent people and get a little money in return).

As he was reciting the Fatiha, three armed men appeared and took position, two on the western side of the General and one on the eastern side, facing the soldiers that were guarding the General. They were all armed with AK 47 rifles. There was a huge tree close to where the General was sitting and a fountain of water under it. As the two armed men approached him, they began chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) and started shooting. One irony is that whenever the General was going out of his house, he went with a gun. He always sat with a gun and goes everywhere with a gun. However, on that very day and hour, he did not go out with the gun. Instead, he locked the door of the room where the gun was and put the key in his pocket and went outside.

As the two men were chanting Allahu Akbar and shooting, the passerby that was reciting Fatima attempted to stand up but the gunmen shot him and he collapsed. Then the General said a word in Shuwa Arab, “Hou” roughly translated as “What?” in English language. Then one of the men looked at the General and shot him and was trying to refill the Ak47 rifle again. That was when the General stood up and put his hand inside his pocket, thinking that he will bring out his gun but instead, brought out the keys to his room. On realizing this, he attempted to grab the man that shot him. When the other gunman saw what the General was trying to do, he shot his two arms.
Whose arms?

The General’s arms and one of the bullets penetrated his ribs and hit the heart directly.
 

Was the General able to grab one of them?

No, he was not. He was making attempt to catch one of them when the other one shot him in the chest, precisely at the epical line where the heart lies. And when he shot the heart, the General fell and both of them continued shooting him. They pushed him with their legs and confirmed that he was dead.

They then started shouting and jubilating and entered their tricycle.

Before then, the General’s most senior wife was trying to go out of the house when she heard gunshots. As she peeped outside, she saw her husband and the passerby on ground. She wanted to go and embrace him but was prevented [by relatives]. This is when the third gunman who was across the other part of the road started shooting at her but she was very lucky, the bullets did not hit her. She later went and embraced her dead husband. Again, when one of the boys that was sitting outside found out that the General was not with his gun, he rushed into the house in order to get the gun but found out that the door of the parlour was locked and he could not get in. When you go outside this house (General Shuwa’s house) you will find out that there is an umbrella…a tent where the General normally sits and you will see the many holes created by bullets.

Were there no military guards in the house?

There were about eight or ten soldiers guarding this house (the General’s house).
But where were they when the gunmen came?

They were right there at their post in front of the house but none of them could show any resistance or stand and make any effort. There was another girl who is also our relation. She was in the General’s second house which was close by. She told me that when the shooting was going on, she had wanted to go out and grab one of the gunmen, exactly what the General’s wife also wanted to do. They wanted to at least obstruct the gunmen but they were grabbed by other relatives. Unfortunately, the soldiers outside could not do anything. If any of the soldiers had made any shooting, I think the life of the General could have been saved. And apart from the soldiers that had been stationed in the house, there were other soldiers at the cross section of the street. Again, there are many security checkpoints that the gunmen passed through before they came to this house. There was no resistance or effort to stop the gunmen. The General has always been in Maiduguri, he has always been in this vicinity thinking that he has been protected and his life was safe.
I can see that the soldiers are still guarding this house. Have they given any explanation as to why they were unable to repel the attack?

Not to my knowledge but I would like to know if there is any.
When the federal government delegation came from Abuja, did they ask you how the General was killed?

I explained to them in detail and they were very amused that the soldiers were there but no effort was made to save the life of the General, despite the fact that the purpose of stationing them here was to protect his life. Why there was no shouting, no shooting, nothing? How can something like this happen to a war hero? Someone that spent all his life to protect this country and keep it united? I would like to know why he was killed this way before me too vanishes from this world.

Are you happy that the soldiers are still stationed outside this house and do you see them as protecting the family?

Look, the family is gone! Which family are they protecting again? The head of the very family has vanished. Have they (the soldiers) not received orders from the high authorities to protect him? I don’t know… may be they have some commanders that did not give them orders to protect the General. Or maybe they don’t have weapons or their weapons are inferior to that of the gunmen, I don’t know.
How many soldiers were there when the gunmen came?

Between seven and ten and the gunmen were three in number. They did the shooting and left. The gunmen were even screaming and laughing and jubilating. It was women that were trying to protect General. The women told me that if not because they were pulled back, they would have obstructed the shooting. His wife said she was pushed to the ground. This was what happened.
Now let’s talk about his life. Who was General Mamman Shuwa?

I can say General Mamman Shuwa was born as a soldier, he lived in this world as soldier and he died as a soldier.

Now, can we believe the JTF that they have arrested the real killers of General Shuwa?
 

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ORCHESTRATION

3 people walked into Bola Ige's house (*attorney-general)and killed him. All the policemen went to eat at the same time thereby leaving him with no protection. At checkpoints, policemen don't all go to eat, they take turns, they always leave some to continue the business of extortion. Now you wonder why seven soldiers could not resist just three 'exposed' riflemen.

Well, lets say the signal did not come to protect the General. Abi?

Someone told me about this

Someone told me about this article, so I decided to come by and read. My opinions are now changing. This looks like a Government (Or at least Nigerian Military) orchestrated murder.
It is obvious the Soldiers had received orders not to protect him; it is impossible for the Soldiers not to have been able to at least shoot one of the gunmen or even get shot themselves. Another Conspiracy to look at. The question now is Why would anyone kill Gen. Shuwa???

I think some thing is behind

I think some thing is behind of this killing and I advice the sss to interogate those Army that were around during the killing of this General.

Gen. Shuwa

Death shouldn't be seen as a punishment. As a matter of fact. D dead feels no pain. But d relation left be hand. Life is sacred. And should be treated with dignity. My heart goes to hid family he left behind. In ds moment of grief. May d Lord condolence his family, forgive d Gen of his sins and grant him Aljana Fidau. We should remember that death is a leveler . One day we will die.

I am tired of igbos seeking

I am tired of igbos seeking to fight the unfortunate civil war again over the internet at every opportunity. Without being insensitive to the plight of the igbos during the war, the war ended over 40 years ago. From my own understanding of the history of that war, there is plenty of blame to go to both sides of the avoidable war. What we need to do is to try to let time heal the wounds and give our children the opportunity to relate freely with each other without the war creating distrust among them. On sad occasion of the assassination of Gen. Shuwa, Nigerians should be united not only in condemning the killers but holding our government accountable for the insecurity that makes this happen in the first place.

the killers are evil!

the evel men at work again the government must be held responsible

GOD AND THE KILLERS KNOW THE TRUE

ONLY GOD AND THE KILLERS THAT KNOWS THE TRUE. BUT WHAT WILL SHOULD ALL PUT AT BACK OF OUR MIND, IS WHAT EVER GOES UP MOST SHOURLY COME DOWN.WHEN EVER WE ARE MAKING COMMENT, WE SHOULD ALWAYS DROP SENTIMENT AND LOOK @ IT IN A REAL PASPECTIVE.MAY THEIR SOUR REST IN PERFECT PEACE. AMEEN !!!!!!!.

U must be stupid for that

U must be stupid for that comment. Mumu , he die speaking Arabic cos ur so called "god" speaking Greek or whatever Lang.

When do we see the last of

When do we see the last of all these killings?

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8-10 soldiers on guard?

I wish I didn't have to comment on this sad event. My first input is condolences to his family. I don't know why he was killed. I will not speculate. That does not get justice done. But wait a minute, why are 8 to 10 soldiers guarding a RETIRED General? Was he a former Head of State or a Military Governor? Even if he was, if all former heads of state or military governors should have 8 guarding soldiers each, count how many will go around.
And if not but a standard privilege of all retired generals, how many will be out of normal duty?
Talk of many of us who don't even have a man-o war to guard us. The same go for health care privileges. Definitely "all animals are equal" but some are "equaller" than others in Nigeria.
The event also teaches us that "except the Lord keeps the house, the watchemen wake but in vain"
Shikena!

Let's Vigorously Examine All Possibilities In Shuwa's Slaying!!

It should be noted that Shuwa in a recent jeremiad poured aspersions on the character of General T.Y.Danjuma regarding his tendency to engage in language deemed flippant,inceniary,and impulsive.BH from the onset denied a hand in General Shuwa's death.The General in recent times appeared to have settled into a life of quiet,and gratifying retirement.Sound,and explicative he was a soldiers,"soldier",and not one of these double dealing Politico-contractor Generals in the mode of T.y.Danjuma and his ilk.General Shuwa's missive on Danjuma was a pointed reposte.There is more to this killing.Why did the soldiers guarding him not condone off the area before,and after the killing ?? .

Rest In Peace

@Onokpasa, he did not die speaking Arab. Rather he died speaking his native language which is called "Shuwa-arab", hence his name SHUWA! At the end of the day we are all going to die and those that murdered him also have their own appointment date with death, sooner than they think. I'm never a person who jubilates another persons death because i know mine is comming and have no idea whether it will be easy or a painful one. Therefore i urge all not to post negative comments about a deceased person. Let him answer to his maker at this point.

YEYE DE SMELL

GEJ govt. killed Gen. Shuwa.

RIP

What goes around comes around, could b nemesis 4 Biafra. Why did he die speaking Arab?

FG =BH

PDP FG is the real BH. Now who will save us from this boko boys.

all are lies

First target of boko haram are the soldiers on guard , but u r telling us that they pass d soldiers and went for the gen without exchange of fire this r lies ten soldiers I don't believe this report

It should be..

The murder should be investigated.

pure lies

Boko haram came to kill gen shuwa and soldiers where there and no soldier was fired at, u can see pure lies boko haram dat r looking for soldiers to kil saw them and didn't kil them only gen. Well if u pple r fool me am no fool cos I can't believe this story.

PITY

I am sure the General must have made some unacceptable remarks against BH or it might have been discovered to be involved in clandestine activities against them. The guards were obiously compromised as soldiers are known to be fiercely loyal to command unlike our "friends" in black uniform

THE HUNTER HAS BCOME D HUNTED???

Sorry, Buh This "story" doesn't really add-Up..Soldiers watching assasins shooting?? Soldiers NOT Cops/Policemen?? In d Far North,Is d Hunter Gradually BUT Steadily Becoming d HUNTED?? Hmm.. Hmmmmm.. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

NO EVIL SHALL GO UNPUNISHED!!

Lt Col Sagir Musa, if you know the truth and were part of this plot, may Almighty Allah give you double torment and curse you and your family and sponsors with a mighty curse. I will want to caution the Ibos out there saying what goes around comes around, that history should not be distorted and everyone knows General Shuwa was indeed a hero! Rest in peace, General!!!

He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword

Shuwa was paid with his own coin.Shikena! He who lives by the sword must die by the sword. i have heard the phrase 'War Hero' attached to the late general more often. Question; did he kill during that war? if the answer is yes, then cry no more. it is karma. He could not have escaped it even if you stationed a million soldiers by his gate.Shuwa was better than many children he denied the opportunity of living or the many others he made orphans through his so called civil war exploits. Let him go and account to God how he spent his time here.

assasination

Its the duty of the government to fish out the killere
The soilders also should be question to know why
The did nothing to protect the General because the cannot
Deny not hearing gunshots and shouting. I believe the
Answer lies infront of us.

Crazy

The lies behind this witness is so blatant. I don't believe a word of his account.

decievers

Everybody is now aware of the rational behind forming BH. Think in your common sense how can a hungry man purchase a gun and learn using it more effectively than the military? Why always chase innocents after attack rather than pursue the culprits? Why always killing them rather than proosecution? Sponsors?

Re-Shuwa

General lived an exemplary life.The army on our street are doing nothing,they are just fueling the current situation.I can't tell,but I vehemently believe that unable to protect Gen.Shuwa is a clear proof that they protects Nigeria,the best is for them to live us for us to do our very best...Is an insult to not only Nigerian army,Nigeria as a whole.

RiP, but he who goes by the sword dies by the sword

I feel sorry for the family of this man but to call him a civil war hero like many newspapers did is an injustice to the Biafran genocide. Whose hero was he exactly? Thanks SR, for calling him a "veteran" and not a hero for his hands was also tainted with the murder of innocent Biafran people. His death is very sad, but somewhat echoes the law of Karma.

Nigerian Soldiers are Girls Scout If this is true...RIP sir

Very shocking but I could predict such happenings in that region.If you are a resident of the United States, what are you doing in Nigeria? There is no future out there, you better come back to save your own life.Nigeria to me,is meant for vacationing, your tommorrow is never guaranteed. May his soul rest in peace.

THE TRUTH CAN BE PUSHED DOWN, NEVER HELD DOWN!

I SAID IT BEFORE THAT WHO EVER KILLED THE GENERAL IS NOT INTERESTED IN THE RESOLUTION OF THE CRISIS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA PEACEFULLY.

BOKO HARAM DID NOT WASTE TIME TO COME OUT AND DENY THE MURDERS. ANY BODY WITH A BIT OF COMMON SENSE IS BOUND TO ASK THE QUESTION WHY THE JTF DECLARED JUST A FEW DAYS AGO THAT THEY HAVE KILLED THE BOKO HARAM "COMMANDER" RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF GENERAL SHUWA. QUESTIONS LIKE HOW DID THEY ARRIVE AT THAT CONCLUSION? WHICH COURT HANDLED THE CASE AND DETERMINE THAT? DID THE KILLED COMMANDER MADE A DEATHBED CONFESSION? IF NOT WHAT ABOUT THE TWO OTHER GUNMEN WITH HIM WHEN THE GENERAL WAS KILLED? WAS THE RIGHT STEP TO ARREST THE COMMANDER ALIVE AND FIND THE OTHER 2 OR TO KILL HIM AND MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT THE SAME DAY?

KILLINGS CAN NEVER FULLFILL THEIR EGO!

Not only Gen. Mamman Shuwa's killing also those of other innocent Nigerians can never fullfill the ego of those doing them. People have become lost in quest for political power. They want to remain in power by whatever means. All these killings are being coordinated by some certain individuals under certain groups to achieve perpetuity in power. People of Maiduguri know this almost all people in the north know that these killings are handiwork of some people to see the end of their political opponents who are in one part of the country.

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