Many eye-witnesses, including the dealer’s business manager, told newsmen that the three robbers visited their office, pretending to be buyers of cement before dragging their targeted victim, commonly referred to as Alhaji Magiratom, to an open ground outside his shop, trying to shoot at him as people watched from a distance in fear, but that on every attempt, their guns failed to start while each time they pointed at the sky or sideways, the guns fired shots.
Musa Alhaji Abubakar, manager of Magiratom’s cement business, narrated that three men came to their shop at about 9am, carrying a bag, indicating they were holding money meant for buying bags of cement and, on approaching their shop, demanded to meet with Alhaji Magiratom as they were being followed by labourers who wanted to be paid to load cement into trucks. But after meeting the major dealer, they seized all his mobile phones, brought out riffles from the bag they were holding and demanded that he should give them money. Magiratom, the manager, continued, told them he only had money inside his car and they collected his car key and locked him and the labourers in his office. They opened the car and carried the money and attempted to drive off with the car but it failed to start.
Abubakar said the robbers invited Magiratom to start the car and enter so they could go away with him, but that he insisted he wasn’t entering and at that point they began to drag him and he held one of them while the one held, kept on shooting into air while people were helter-skelter, with some watching from distance. At that point, he further narrated, that the other robbers began to hit the victim until they over powered him to the ground and all of them pointed at him, making severe efforts to shoot at him but their guns refused fire, though they could shoot into space.
Magiratom looked at them as they tried without success to kill him while he was still fighting back, and at that point, some of the onlookers summoned the courage and started moving towards the robbers, after which the robbers started shouting that “the man has something on him.” They then took their heels and were pursued by other cement dealers and labourers.
Some eye witnesses told Sunday Trust that members of a special anti-robbery squad, Operation Flush later joined in pursuing the robbers and they engaged in a shoot-out during which one of the robbers was reportedly hit by bullet. It was not confirmed if any of them was arrested. When contacted, Borno police commissioner, Christopher Dega, confirmed that there was a robbery incident around the cement depot.