Teenager’s killing sparks protest in KanoHeadlines, Kano, Nigerian Police, State News Saturday, August 18th, 2012
By AbdulSalam Muhammad, Kano
There was protest in Gwale area of Kano central by residents following the killing of a 12-year-old boy identified as Hassan Muhammad by a police sergeant attached to Gwale divisional station.
The trigger happy cop, identified as Laminu Adamu, was said to have fired a shot that hit the teenager on the head. He died from the fatal injury on his way to hospital.
The incident triggered pandemonium and violent protest in the area. An attempt to set alight the divisional police office, located in the municipality, was frustrated by the arrival of several combat ready personnel.
The arrival of several plantoons of anti riot police aggrieved the locals but it took persuasion and restraint to avert a blood bath in the city bedeviled by security challenges.
Conforming the incident in a press statement signed by the acting Police Public Relation officer, Kano State Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said that “the command noted with deep regret the unfortunate incident that occurred at Gwale in which 12-year-old boy was shot by Sergeant Laminu Adamu”.
Majia stated that the incident happened when the sergeant, sitting on a patrol vehicle, fired a shot which hit the deceased.
The police spokesman said the affected officer had been arrested and was undergoing orderly room trial. He assured of fairness and justice.
“We have assured the members of the family of the deceased that the process will be fair and , open and that justice will be surely be done”, Majia stressed in the statement.
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