The Kano Police Command has denied a media report alleging that its officers shot four persons at Ado Bayero Shopping Mall Kano on June 17.
The denial is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Magaji Majiya and issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday.
“The attention of Kano police command is drawn to a media publication by Solacebase media that police on guard duty allegedly shot four persons at Shoprite Kano on June 17. “The reporter did not verify nor balanced his story but went on to publish.”
However Solacebase had reported that four persons were allegedly shot by mobile Policemen at Ado Bayero shopping Mall in Kano metropolis on Sunday.
The four victims were said to have been shot by mobile Policemen on guard duty at the shopping mall who threaten to shoot customers in the course of controlling a huge crowd who were on Eid el Fitr celebration at the Mall .
One of the shot victims, Malam Yusuf Adamu aged 28, businessman at Sabon Geri market who a bullet pierce through his right thigh said he passed out after he was hit by the bullet.
“ I was coming from Zoo road heading to Dangi roundabout with some friends when I saw a Policeman trying to whip some people with horse whip while another was threatening to shoot the people if they don’t join the queue in front of Ado Bayero Shopping Mall, “said Adamu.
He explained that his friends immediately rushed him to emergency unit of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital from where he was later transferred to another hospital in the metropolis as there was no available bed to put him on admission.
Meanwhile the command’s spokesman further insisted that the police neither used firearm nor even teargas. “Minimum force was used to disperse the protestants, while children and properties were professionally safeguarded by the police and sister security agencies working at the place and peace was brought under control within shortest time.”
Similarly Solacebase earlier reports that the Kano Police Command Spokesman SP Magaji Musa Majia was called severally without responding to his calls neither did he replied to text messages sent to him.