– Abdulkadir Musa has been shot dead by a gunman suspected to be a soldier
– The incident happened over the soldiers’ demand to go away with a bunch of banana without paying
– Meanwhile, the police claim they are investigating the matter
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A fruit vendor in Gusau, Zamfara State capital, Abdulkadir Musa, has been shot dead by a gunman suspected to be a soldier for refusing to allow the assailant to go away with his bunch of bananas without paying for it.
The father of the deceased, Alhaji Mustafa Musa, said that two soldiers went to his son’s fruits stand on Sunday and purchased a bunch of bananas.
According to him, when the soldiers paid for the bunch, they tried to collect another one for free and this led to a squabble.
Mustafa stated, “They bought a bunch bananas for N300 and instead of them to take the one they paid for, they also took another one and wanted to go with it, but my son did not allow them to do so.
“When they insisted that they must go with the bunch of bananas, the fruit vendor rushed to the police station, which was very close to the scene of the incident, and reported the case and the two soldiers were arrested, but they were released shortly after.”
Mustafa added that immediately the soldiers were released, one of them went home, fetched a gun and returned to the scene and shot the fruit vendor.
“My son was shot in the back and we took him to the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, but unfortunately, he lost his life,” Mustafa said.
The father added that he reported the issue to all relevant authorities, including the Human Rights Commission, so that action could be taken against the soldier, who killed his son.
“I have reported the case to the concerned authorities and I will not rest until the soldier is punished to serve as a deterrent to others,” Mustafa added.
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mohammed Shehu, said that the command was investigating the incident.
“We are investigating the issue,” Shehu said.
In another development, the deputy governor of Zamfara state Madi Aliyu Gusau has called on the federal government to take interest in motorsport as an avenue to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.
Gusau made the call on Friday, May 7 at the unveiling ceremony of the Nigeria motorsport games in Abuja.
Speaking to journalists including a . reporter on the sidelines of the event, Gusau, who was the guest of honour at the ceremony, stated that motor racing can help the government address the challenges of unemployment in the country.
Meanwhile, . had reported that a former governor of Enugu state, Chimaroke Nnamani, said state police is not the solution to the security challenges in Nigeria. Nnamani said that the factors that led to the abolition of regional police are still very much available.
He stated that some of the factors include the influence of political players, traditional players and interference by elites.
The former governor explained that the only way state police can function effectively is if it was made to be uniform in all 36 states of the federation.