Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa
By John Shiklam and Seriki Adinoyi
Kaduna State Police Command Wednesday adopted a tough security measure to avert what would have been a breakdown of law and order in the state, following the alleged killing of an Okada rider by a mobile policeman at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium roundabout.
In Jos, the Plateau State capital came a report that a suspected cult member was Wednesday lynched while another was left almost dead, following a shooting incident which occurred at the permanent site of the University of Jos.
The incident was said to have occurred during a departmental students’ association election in the institution.
Although, details of the killing of the Okada rider in Kaduna were sketchy as at the time of filing this report, it was, however, learnt that one of the policemen, who were passing by in a patrol vehicle allegedly fired two shots at the Okada rider, whose name was given as Umar Danmichika, killing him instantly.
Eye witnesses claimed the deceased had dropped a passenger by the road side and was waiting to collect his money from the passenger when he was allegedly shot by one of the policemen in a patrol vehicle.
According to Abdullahi Musa, an Okad rider, who witnessed the incident, “the boy carried had drop a passenger and he was waiting to collect his money, then a police man who was in a patrol vehicle just opened fire on him and killed him.
“We saw everything that happened, there was no any provocation. The boy parked off the road and he was waiting for the passenger to pay him, then there was this patrol vehicle carrying mobile police men was passing, then one of them just started shooting at the boy.
The incident caused serious panic among residents, who immediately closed shops for fear of the unknown as the police immediately tightened security by deploying armoured tanks, especially at the Stadium Roundabout, Katsina roundabout and other strategic places.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adefemi Adenaike, who confirmed the incident, said the policeman, who allegedly killed Danmichika would be charged for murder.
“We are doing something about the police man that killed the Okada man. The culprit will be charged to court for murder. The law must take its full course; I have already briefed the Inspector General of Police (IG) who has given me the mandate to go ahead with full investigation into the matter.
“We don’t train officers to kill innocent people in the society and take the law into their hands. We, however, appeal to law abiding citizens of the state to go about their normal activities as we are on top of the matter,” Adenaike said.
The corpse of the deceased was deposited at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital, Kaduna.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that besides the two cultists that were killed, two other students were also injured, with one been hit by a stray bullet and another by a huge stone hauled at one of the fleeing attackers.
Eye witness said students of the English Department were holding an election for new officers of their association at about 12 noon, when two men with pistols came out of the library complex and fired at a student standing under a tree close by.
The target, who was apparently unaware that he was been trailed successfully dodged the bullets but a female student standing by him was hit on the shoulder. The other student who was passing by was also hit on the forehead by a stone directed at one of the suspects.
Although, the shooting made students and workers within the complex to scamper for safety, creating pandemonium, some courageous students gave the gunmen whose identity could not be immediately ascertained, a hot chase.
One of them was reportedly caught and lynched around Abuja Students’ hostel, while the other sustained serious injuries, and was rescued by security officials, who took them to hospital for treatment and for subsequent interrogation.
Their target was also reportedly taken into custody by the university’s security officials for questioning.
The incident, however, disrupted lectures and other activities for a while but normalcy later returned.
No official statement was issued by the university, but a security source hinted that the gunmen could be cultists from outside the campus who traced their target to the school.