Slain en­voy Yusuf laid to rest

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ron­ald Mu­tum

The for­mer Nige­rian Am­bas­sador to South Africa, Sun­day Yusuf, who was re­cently mur­dered in Abuja, was laid to rest after a burial cer­e­mony in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Yusuf was killed in the night of Mon­day, June 13, 2016, by yet un­known per­son who threw him through the win­dow of his flat on the third floor of an apart­ment at the Diplo­matic Quar­ters in Wuse Zone 5.

He was buried at the Gudu Ceme­tery in Abuja after a Chris­tian fu­neral Ser­vice at the First Bap­tist Church, Garki Abuja.

A rel­a­tive, Doc­tor Luka Ba­hago, told Daily Trust that the killers of his cousin were yet to be ap­pre­hended by the po­lice.

Ba­hago said the family had suf­fered se­ri­ous agony over the slow space of in­ves­ti­ga­tion to ap­pre­hend and pros­e­cute the killers.

He noted that sev­eral weeks after the mur­der, there seemed to be no feed­back from the po­lice on the out­come of in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the po­lice. He said based on the au­topsy re­port, the late Yusuf died of suf­fo­ca­tion prob­a­bly caused by stran­gu­la­tion.

Ba­hago noted that the state of the corpse after be­ing thrown from the third storey of the build­ing with his brain tis­sues splat­tered in a drain, made the mur­der more grue­some.

He said the killers were bru­tal in their mis­sion, be­cause it ap­peared noth­ing was stolen from the house, adding that there were many ques­tions yet unan­swered based on the au­topsy re­port.

“We won­der why the mu­ti­la­tion in such a grue­some way, when he was al­ready killed from stran­gu­la­tion,” he added.

Ba­hago also said al­though the life of his cousin may not be re­turned, he en­joined all Nige­ri­ans to en­sure that the killers were ar­rested and brought to book.

The FCT Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (CP) Al­kali Us­man, re­cently said that some sus­pects had been ar­rested over the mur­der, but that the po­lice had been un­able to sat­is­fac­to­rily link the sus­pects to the crime. FCT po­lice spokesman, ASP Ajuguri Man­zah, said yes­ter­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der was still in progress.

Photo: Ron­ald Mu­tum

Fu­neral Ser­vice for mur­dered for­mer Nige­rian Am­bas­sador to South Africa, Sun­day Yusuf in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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