Mohammed Nazir Nortei Alema, the Ghanaian graduate from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who joined terrorist group ISIS in August 2015 has been reported killed.
Sources close to the family in Accra told the The Findernewspaper that the final funeral rites, Adua in Islam, were held Sunday. Nazir was reportedly killed in battle in the Syrian city of Homs.
Sheik Abdul Rahman, the former Chief Imam of London, who name Mr Nazir when he was born in London, led the Adua prayers held Osu, where the family of the deceased resides.
Mallam Barhama of Tudu and Mallam Yusif of Accra New Town also supported Sheik Abdul Rahman in the prayers.
According to sources close to the family, another Ghanaian ISIS recruit who gave his name as Mr Yusif, a graduate of the University of Mines in Prestea, announced Mr Nazir’s death to the family through an email.
Nazir left Ghana in August last year to join ISIS in Syria, a situation that caused panic on the campus of the Kumasi-based university.
Students were stunned when they heard that the quiet and calm former student had joined the jihadist group.
According to them, his demeanour never showed him as someone with the slightest inclination to violence.
Their biggest fear is that there could be a secret camp of the terrorist group on the campus that admits and recruits students.
Shortl after joining ISIS, Nazir Nortei Alema reportedly sent a message to his family informing them about his decision to join the jihadist group, after completing a one-year National Service with the Ghana Statistical Service.