The men came on two motorbikes, entered the apartment and opened fire

A group of unidentified gunmen attacked an officer of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) leaving him, his wife, his three year old daughter and his younger brother dead.

The armed men came to the house on two motorbikes, entered the apartment and opened fire on the people present at the time.

The attack which lasted about five minutes was reported to have caused widespread panic as neighbours locked up their gates and remained indoors until the arrival of security agents to the area, who met the entire family dead.

The NSCDC intelligence officer has been identified as Ismaila Yerima, his wife as Aisha, his daughter; Khadija, and his physically challenged younger brother; Adam.

A military helicopter was seen hovering round the city in a vain attempt to locate the culprits.

Ismaila Yerima?s colleagues, who pleaded anonymity, said that the late official might have been mistaken for a State Security Service, SSS operative, adding ?he always appeared in suit and was very popular in the area.?

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