The prayer session to mark Nigeria 60th Independence Day anniversary ended abruptly after a trigger allegedly gun down unarmed beggar on Friday in Sokoto State.
The 25-year-old victim was identified as Aminu Abdulrahman was allegedly hit by bullet in accidental discharge from Mr. Bello Garba, the police who bore the riffle and left deceased motionless in the pool of his own blood.
The alleged murderer, was said attempted to separate a fight by two warring praise singers who claimed ownership of an unspecified amount of cash gift given to them by the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal after singing his praises at the Sultan Bello’s Mosque in Sokoto State ahead of the anniversary that is billed for October 1, 2020.
A rowdy scene was said to have broke out at the Mosque after the cash was handed to them by one of the governor’s aides on order of Governor Tambuwal who had gone to attend a special prayer session for the commemoration of Nigeria’s forthcoming 60th anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence.
he police officer was however promptly taken into custody on the orders of the State police Commissioner, according to the spokesman of the state police Command, Muhammad Sadiq, who also confirmed the incident.
Spokesman of the Nigeria police Sokoto State Command, Mr. Muhammad Sadiq, said, the suspected murderer has been taken into police custody.
He said Three others were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries during the fracas which broke between two groups that fought over the cash which the governor dropped for them as they hailed him on arrival at the mosque.
According to reports, the sharing of the cash triggered the trouble that led to the man’s death.
The police statement said the state Commissioner of Police in Sokoto, Mr. Ibrahim Kaoje, had ordered the detention and trial of the erring officer, who is said to have been deployed from the Counter-Terrorism Unit Base 18 Gusau in Zamfara State for special protection of the governor.
The police statement said in part, “The Commissioner unequivocally cautions that officers and men of the command must deploy all professional acumen at their disposal including psychological capacity in order to enhance the safety of the people of the state and not to resort to using the same against the populace.