Former lecturer mistaken for Boko Haram causes stir
There was a little confusion at the Birnin Kebbi Central Market in Kebbi State yesterday when former lecturer with the School of Health Technology, Jega, went to the market to buy a textile material for hijab.
The former lecturer who was said to be mentally imbalanced, was taken for a Boko Haram member.
Witnesses told correspondent:
our “The man came to the market and bought a material for female hijab. He used it to cover his head and was waving his handset and Ipad, shouting Allahu Akbar. So everybody ran because we thought he was a Boko Haram member and may be carrying an explosive device”.
“Vigilante members summoned courage and with the help of some of us, overpowered him and took him to the police,” another witness, Saleh Bashir, said.
It was gathered that he was taken to the state police headquarters and put under surveillance. A security source said the man is not a Boko Haram member but is known to have been insane for the past nine years.
“Usman was a Chemistry lecturer at School of Health Technology, Jega who was later transferred to the Ministry of Education because of his mental condition. He is divorced with a child and had at a time been arrested for taking photographs of banks and ‘scolding’ an ATM for not dispensing money,” the security source said.
Police spokesman, ASP Nafiu Abubakar, said Usman has a known case of madness and has been under medical treatment at a hospital since 2012.
“This is not the first time we have dealt with his case. He was a member of staff of the School of Health Technology, Jega. We will hand him over to his family who are expected to take him back to the hospital for treatment”, he said.