Tongues are now wagging in Maiduguri, Borno State, over the murder of a lecturer of the Borno State-owned Ramat Polytechnic who was stabbed with a knife about a week ago by unknown assailants.
The deceased, Mustapha Fugura, popularly known as Mairambe by colleagues and students, was a lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering until his untimely death.
Some of his colleagues who spoke with Crime Reports said that the deceased revealed to some people that he had been receiving death threats for some time but for reasons known to him, he refused to report the development to security agents.
One of them, Kabiru Mafa, who hails from the same local government with the deceased, said that though such murder had occurred before, it either involved students who knew they would fail the course of a particular lecturer or some domestic crisis among known friends in the institution.
According to him, “the assailants went to the deceased’s house at 1000 Estate and deceived him into believing that thieves were inside the house he was working on as an engineer. He rushed from his house to the project site on Aso Rock Street but was stabbed from the back towards the heart region after a struggle.
“He shouted for help but many people were afraid to get near him because of the circumstances surrounding his collapse. He was later rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where doctors battled to save his life. Police detectives tried to get him to reveal his assailants whom he said he knew, but he died while attempting to do that.”
Speaking with Crime Reports, the Police Public Relations Officer, Victor Isuku, confirmed the incident but said that the command was looking at many leads that had cropped up in the course of investigation of the murder.
Although no arrests had been made yet, he said the police were on top of the case and would speak on any arrest made whenever it happens.
The late lecturer who was recently employed in the civil engineering department of the Polytechnic had a wife and two children. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.