Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Exclusive Audio: Taped Pre-Interview With Babakura Alhaji Fugu By SaharaReporters Just Before His Assassination
On Saturday September 17th 2011 SaharaReporters conducted a pre-interview telephone conversation with the late Babakura Alhaji Fugu, who had agreed to call-in live on SaharaTV at 2:30 PM (Nigerian time). During the pre-interview (5 minute interview that commenced at 1:26 PM) the late Babakura Alhaji Fugu began revealing the genesis of Boko Haram when Obasanjo was president. This would be SaharaReporters second call to him on that day.
“The antecedent is a very long story because it dates back during the Shari’a implementation that runs across the Northern Nigeria during Obasanjo regime, when most Northern Nigeria have started yearning for Shari’a law. Our own state is not exceptional,” late Fugu had started saying before our producers asked that he send his photo by email for the show.
As the telephone conversation was ending we heard what appeared to be a gunshot in the background, while we could not confirm this, it tallies with the stated timing of Fugu's assassination (1:30PM Nigerian time).
During our third and fourth attempts to reach Fugu, his phone was answered by a strange voice that spoke in Yoruba and Hausa langauges. During this time SaharaReporters sent out a facebook and twitter message to our viewers saying we believed the Nigerian government was interfering with our calls to Fugu, as it appeard our calls to him were being diverted and eventually his telephone service was turned off by the service provider. It is possible that his killers were answering his phone after they shot him.