The Kano State Fire Service has confirmed the death of a 17-year-old teenager, Aliyu Zakariya, after drowning in an open water in Kabuga Gwale Local Government Area of the state.
Alhaji Saminu Abdullahi, Public Relations Officer of the service, confirmed this in a statement on Friday in Kano.
Abdullahi said that the teenager went to swim when he got drowned.
“We received a distress call at about 10:45a.m. from one Sha’aibu Rabiu-Aliyu and immediately sent our rescue team to the scene at about 11:00a.m,” he said.
However, Abdullahi said that Zakariya was brought out of the water dead. He added that his corpse had been handed over to his father, Alhaji Zakariya of Dorayi Quarters.
Further, the spokesman advised the general public to monitor their children’s movement; especially when they go for swimming in ponds or to other dangerous places.
In other news, a Magistrates’ Court in Abakaliki on Friday has discharged a minor charged with alleged murder and cultism.
Equally important, the police charged the minor alongside Emmanuel Amaech 25; Obioma Jame, 24; Uchechukwu Daniel, 22; Kelechi Ogbonna, 18; Godswill Nwite, 49; Felix Maduabuchi, 24; Obinna Joseph 22 and Paulinus Oboko, 48 with five counts bordering on murder and cultism.
In her ruling, Magistrate Blessing Chukwu discharged the 16-year-old boy after hearing that he was not a party of the offence.
Chukwu ordered that the eight other defendants should be remanded in police custody.
Chukwu adjourned the matter until October 8, 2021 for further hearing.