Police officers of the Kaduna state command took to the streets of the Kaduna state capital to protest the death of two police officers killed in the line of duty. The protesters fired shots sporadically and one of the city’s inhabitants was shot dead.
It has been gathered that two police officers were killed by suspected bandits in Birnin-Gwari local government area of Kaduna state on Monday. The bodies of the dead men were recovered yesterday and this fueled the anger of the men that began the protest. The protest began at the Police headquarters which led to the scampering for safety by the passersby one of whom was shot.
An insider informed a correspondent of Punch Newspaper that the police officers that brought in the recovered bodies were angered that their allowances had not been paid for some time and this led to the protest. The Public Relations Officer of the Kaduna Police Command, Mukhtar Aliyu issued a statement to the press where he addressed the death of the police officers and on the protest.
The Kaduna State Police Command wishes to categorically state that, on 16/07/2018 at about 1830hrs, a team of police officers on special duty, while on routine patrol at Tabanni Village along Birnin-Gwari – Funtua Road, were ambushed and attacked by unidentified armed men.”
“The police team engaged the attackers in a fierce gun battle and at the end, two of the unidentified gunmen were killed and one AK-47 rifle was recovered. Unfortunately, two police officers lost their lives in the incident. However, the situation has been promptly brought under control.”
“In their deep mourning mood, some police officers who conveyed the corpses of their late colleagues to Kaduna encountered an unfortunate incident where there was an accidental discharge of gun-shot which hit a female member of the public. She was rushed to the hospital but sadly died from sustained wounds.
“The Police Command wishes to reassure members of the public that the state is calm and peaceful. As such, people are free and safe to go about their lawful businesses without fear or molestation,” his statement read.