A soldier confessed to the crime as he related how the Islamic preacher gave him a ride before being killed.
At Nguru Army Barrack, Sheikh Goni Aisami granted John Gabriel, a soldier, a ride.
The cleric allowed the soldier to board the vehicle after learning that he was traveling to Jaji-Maji in Yobe.
However, on Friday, August 19, the soldier opened fire at the priest when they were traveling and attempted to flee with his Honda model from 2006.
Two people have been detained by the Yobe Police Command in relation to the homicide.
John Gabriel revealed at the procession that he tricked the Islamic cleric into going to his death by claiming his automobile was making a noise.
When the Islamic cleric got down to check under the car for the source of the sound, the soldier also got down from the car and brought out his gun.
He said that when the cleric saw him pointing the gun at him, he asked what he had done and he (suspect) told him he hasn’t done anything.
John said he then fired a warning shot, hoping the cleric would run away but he didn’t. He said that he fired a second warning shot and it hit the cleric, killing him.
The Yobe Police Command’s Spokesman, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed that the two suspects had claimed to be soldiers attached to 241 Recce Model Battalion, Nguru.
He said the incident occurred at about 10 pm on Friday after Aisami gave one of the suspects a lift.
He explained that Aisami was driving his car to Gashua from Nguru, when the principal suspect who was in mufti and carrying a camp bed, pleaded with him for a lift to Jaji-Maji.
He said that on approaching Jaji-Maji, the principal suspect brought out an AK-47 and shot him twice to death.
Abdulkarim further said that the suspect tried to flee with the deceased’s car but failed, as it got stuck in the mud and the vehicle failed to start.
He put a call through to the second suspect, who drove another vehicle to the scene. Unfortunately for him, his drive shaft broke.
The two suspects then requested help from a vigilance group in Jaji-Maji. When the group arrived at the scene to tow the broken down vehicles, incidentally Aisami’s body was found at the scene.
Abdulkarim said it was the vigilance group that drew the attention of the police and the suspects, who said they were soldiers, were arrested.