The leader of a gang that allegedly killed a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG), Alhaji Saleh Ningi, in Kano on June 5 has been arrested by the police.
The alleged killer, one Salisu Goni Amma, alias Kaka 34, of Rijiyar Lemu quarters, was arrested in Hotoron Haye, Kano. He was said to have admitted to being one of those that assassinated Ningi, in collaboration with one Alhaji Gana Bukar and others, who are still at large.
Addressing the press yesterday in Kano, the state Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Idris, revealed that Bukar was a close friend of the late DIG.
He was said to have tailed the retired police officer to his factory and later ambushed and killed him along with his friends.
Idris added that Bukar and one Bahago, who is still at large, master-minded the killing of a senior customs officer and an SSS operative in Hotoro area.
He called on those managing public places like workshops, mosques, churches, recreation centres and cinemas to liaise with the police so that their business places could be protected, especially when they are expecting large guests.
The commissioner attributed the relative peace in Kano to prayers, adding that some people have even travelled to Saudi Arabia to pray for peace in the state.
Unknown gunmen had on June 5 ambushed and killed Ningi in Kano.
He was shot along Sauna-Kawaji road at Dakata area of Kano metropolis on his way home from his factory. The incident occurred few minutes to 6pm.
Ningi, who retired alongside former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Hafiz Ringim, earlier this year, was killed alongside two other persons, his driver and a police aide attached to him.
Residents said some unidentified gunmen on motorcycles had trailed the former top cop and opened fire on his Hilux van just as he was leaving Sauna area where the factory is located.
A resident of the neighbourhood, who spoke with Blueprint at the time, said the prime target of the attack was severely riddled with bullets.
The other two were also shot at strategic positions before their assailants fled the scene.
Police spokesman, DSP Lurwanu Dutse, had said the deceased was attacked by gunmen riding on motorcycles as he was heading home.