The Police Command in Sokoto State has arrested one of its operatives, one Sergeant Bello Garba; who allegedly shot one person to death and injured three others on Friday in Sokoto.
This was disclosed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Muhammad Sadiq to newsmen in Sokoto.
Also, Garba, the alleged culprit, is presently said to be in detention.
Specifically, the Police Command disclosed that Garba allegedly shot 25-year-old Aminu Abdulrahman to death. Further, he was said to have injured Junaidu Abba, Babangida Muhammad and Awaisu Alti.
The police spokesman said the victims were evacuated to the Specialist Hospital, Sokoto for treatment and autopsy.
Meanwhile, the victims were reportedly sharing money doled out by Gov. Aminu Tambuwal during the Juma’at prayers to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary. The prayers were held at Sultan Bello Jumu’at mosque. Sadiq disclosed that the Sergeant was with the Counter Terrorism Unit Base 18 Gusau. Specifically, he was attached to the Sokoto State Government House.
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‘‘The Sokoto State Police Command condemns in its entirety the unwarranted, uncivil and unprofessional conduct of a Police Sergeant on special duty in the state. The policeman unprofessionally fired without reasonable justification at that material time.
‘‘Commissioner of Police. Mr Sani Kaoje had ordered the detention and trial of the erring officer and charged the state Criminal Investigation Department to speed up investigation and come up with objective findings,” Sadiq said.
Further, he revealed that the commissioner also charged all officers and men of the Command to deploy professional acumen; including psychological capacity to enhance the safety of the people; urging them not to resort to using arms against the populace.
‘‘The incident occurred at about 2:30pm, shortly after the special Juma’at prayers offered in commemoration of Nigeria’s forthcoming 60th independence anniversary at Sultan Bello Juma’at Mosque. The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal was magnanimously giving out gifts to the needy; a brief distribution which gave birth to an upsurge in would-be beneficiaries.
“However, in an unconventional effort to control the crowd after the departure of the governor; the policeman fired the shot,” Sadiq added.