Boyi, a photojournalist with the Adamawa Stateowned newspaper The Scope, was killed when about 30 armed men attacked the convoy of the state governor, Haruna Bonnie, who was traveling from the state capital, Yola, to the town of Bauchi. Boyi was one of several journalists assigned to cover the trip.
Neither the identities nor the motives of the attackers have been determined. When they opened fire on the convoy, the governor’s security guards fired back. Boyi died in the cross fire. His colleague, Umar Mustaphar, a Yola-based reporter with the Nigeria Television Authority, sustained bullet wounds.