Outrage As Security Operative Kills Worshiper At Zamfara Eid Ground


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By Alice Etuka, Abuja

Worshippers at an Eid ground in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital were today thrown into a tragic mood as one of them was mistakenly gunned down by a security operative who was reportedly chasing hoodlums during the Eid prayers.

Reports have it that the Security personnel, who is said to be of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), was immediately attacked by irate youths.

Channels TV reported that in a burst of collective grief and anger, local residents expressed their dismay by setting an NSCDC vehicle on fire.

Spokesperson of the Nigerian Police Force in Zamfara, ASP Yazid Abubakar, confirmed the incident.

Abubakar said, two NSCDC personnel involved in the tragic event had been arrested.

Speaking via a telephone interview, he said, the police were conducting a thorough investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to the shooting.

“We have two of them in our custody as we speak now, they are the ones that shot the gun, though the command is still investigating the incident,” he said.

However, Spokesperson of the NSCDC in Zamfara, Ikor Oche, denied the allegation that the men of the Civil Defence shot the victim.

He said, the personnel were at their stationed post, observing the movements of the Muslims faithful who were out to observe the Eid prayer when they heard the gunshot.

“Our men were stationed at the central roundabout, close to UBA Bank, they heard a gunshot from the other side around Zenith Bank. They moved to the area and found a woman with gunshot injury.

“Because they were the ones close to the scene, mob descended on them. They had to run for their safety and abandoned their Hilux vehicle. The vehicle was set ablaze by the mob and about seven of our men were injured. They did not shoot or kill anybody.”

Oche said, the state command of NSCDC has also launched an investigation to unravel the cause of the incident.


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