Unknown gunmen suspected to be kidnappers have shot Tasiu Tilde, a 40-year-old businessman, to death while attempting to kidnap him in Bauchi State.
It was learnt that Tilde, popularly called Mai Kemis, was at his pharmacy situated in Tilden Fulani, about 100 kilometres from Bauchi, the state capital, when gunmen attacked him on Tuesday evening.
According to an eyewitness, who is a resident of the town, the gunmen invaded the area and shot indiscriminately to scare people away.
“It was in the process that the late Tasiu was shot and killed while the gunmen ran away having missed their target of kidnap,” the unnamed resident told the Punch.
Ahmed Wakil, the Public Relations Officer of the Bauchi Police Command, confirmed the incident in an interview on Wednesday.
According to the Bauchi PPRO, the gunmen tried to take the victim away but he resisted, and they subsequently shot him in the chest several times and escaped from the scene of the incident.
He said: “Some yet-to-be-identified gunmen stormed Tilden Fulani in Toro LGA on Tuesday. Their main mission was to kidnap their target, one Tasiu Abdulkareem Tilde, who was operating his business in the area.
“A good Samaritan put a distress call through to our patrol team in the area, they immediately mobilised to the scene of the incident, but before they got there, the suspected kidnappers had fled, leaving their victim in pool of his blood.
“The patrol team immediately evacuated him to the nearest Toro General Hospital where, on arrival, a medical doctor on duty certified him dead.
“Investigation is ongoing to apprehend the suspects.”