It was learnt that Rabiu just returned from Malaysia where he went for studies. He was shot in his car at about 8:30 pm on Saturday after driving all the way from Abuja.
Rabiu was said to be in company of a friend, Jafar Ali.
According to the friend, who later narrated the incident to journalists, the duo drove from Abuja to see another friend of the deceased along the Lugard Hall.
The friend, he said, had gone out when they arrived at the Lugard Hall, located in the heart of the city. Ali, who escaped the assailants’ bullets by a whisker, said three gunmen alighted from a tricycle parked near to “where we parked our car.”
He said the gunmen made straight for them and demanded for their mobile phones.
Ali said, “Initially we thought they were policemen because they were pointing guns at us but the next thing I heard were gunshots.
“The men kept firing as they opened the doors of the car, pushed us out as they entered the car and drove away with it.
“All these happened in less than two minutes. As I struggled with them, they kept firing but somehow the bullets from the locally-made guns missed me but they shot my friend.
“It was when they left that we got a car from the house which took him to the hospital but he was confirmed dead in less about an hour after that.”
Meanwhile, it was gathered that that the Kaduna State Police Command had commenced preliminary investigation into the killing, following the formal report of the incident to the police.
Though, the Kaduna State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Usman, could not be reached, a source said the police had retrieved the bullet shells at the scene of the incident.