Outrage over ‘execution’ of Nigerian leader

Author: By Njadvara Musa

Nigeria’s national police have claimed victory over a radical Islamist sect
after its leader was killed by security forces, but experts warned revenge
attacks could occur and a leading human rights group demanded an inquiry
into the death.

Officials said Mohammed Yusuf, the leader of the sect some call the Nigerian
Taliban, was killed after being captured on Thursday night at the end of a
four-day manhunt. ?This group operates under a charismatic leader. They will
no more have any inspiration,? national police spokesman Emmanuel Ojukwu
said. ?The leader who they thought was invincible and immortal has now been
proved otherwise.?

Mr Ojukwu said there were still some isolated cases of violence in northern
Nigeria, but otherwise ?life is back to normal?.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called for an investigation. ?The Nigerian
authorities must act immediately to investigate and hold to account all
those responsible for this unlawful killing and any others associated with
the recent violence,? said Corinne Dufka, the group?s senior West Africa
researcher.

Mr Yusuf had discounted evolution and claimed the world could not be round
because the Koran does not say that. He also credited Allah with creating
rain. Experts said it was not clear yet if Mr Yusuf?s death would end the
violence in northern Nigeria or inspire revenge attacks by the Boko Haram
sect, which seeks the imposition of strict shariah in the multi-religious
country.

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