For­mer lec­turer mis­taken for Boko Haram causes stir

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

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.

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