The family of one 12-year-old boy simply identified as Hassan Muhammad is not likely to be able to join other Muslims in Kano to celebrate this year’s Eid el Fitr, following the boy’s alleged killing by a trigger-happy 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. This has resulted in protest in the Gwale area of Kano central, with an attempt to set alight the divisional police office, located in the municipality, frustrated by the arrival of several combat-ready police personnel.
A press statement signed by acting Police Public Relation Officer, Kano State Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, confirmed the incident: “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”.
According to the statement, 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 has since 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.”