The police shot a twelve-year-old, Sani Danlami, as people scrambled over palliatives in Rijau, the headquarters of the Rijau Local Government Area of Niger State.
The police shot the victim on Sunday, during the distribution of palliative, when a skirmish engulfed one of the distribution units in the area.
It was gathered that the police shot sporadically into the air in an attempt to disperse the crowd; and in the process, a stray bullet hit Danlami, an internally displaced person, on his right hand while heading to the distribution side from his IDP camp.
Fielding questions from journalists, the Chairman of the Palliatives Distribution Committee in Charge of Rijau Local Government, Dr. Tukur Bello, stated that the police, in an effort to restore order, decided to shoot the victim, who was rushed to a nearby clinic for emergency medical attention before he was later referred to the IBB Specialist Hospital in Minna for further medical care.
Dr. Tukur, who is also the Commissioner for Secondary and Tertiary Health in Niger State, disclosed that the skirmish was the result of some miscreants who came into the distribution units and carted away some of the palliatives from the units, which resulted in shooting by the police.
According to Dr. Tukur Bello, in an effort by the police to control the mammoth crowd, they shot in the air, but unfortunately, the stray bullet hit the little boy, who is from an IDP camp, and the bullet hit him on his right hand.
" We rushed him to one of the clinics for emergency medical attention. On receiving the unfortunate information, the Governor, Umaru Mohammed Bago, directed that we do everything humanly possible to ensure that the boy was given full medical attention.That is why we are here with the boy, and we thank God the boy has been given the needed medical attention and is now recuperating," he told journalists.
According to Dr. Tukur, the divisional police officer in charge of Rijau Divisional Command has already taken the police officer who shot the boy into custody for further investigation.
Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has expressed shock over a boat mishap that claimed several lives in Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
Governor Umaru Bago, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Bologi Ibrahim, described the incident as terrible and sorrowful.
According to him, "This is quite a shocking and sorrowful situation for the people of the affected communities, and I share in their grief. I pray that God will grant the deceased paradise".
While commiserating with the families of the victims, the governor directed the Niger State Emergency Management Agency (NSEMA) to do the needful by ameliorating the sufferings of the people.
He also prayed that God would comfort the families of the deceased and grant quick recovery to those injured.
He, however, reiterated the importance of using life jackets when boarding a boat and urged people to desist from overloading boats.
It was reported that a boat carrying over 100 people onboard, including women and children from communities between Jebba and Kainji Dam, heading to the Old Gbajibo resettlement centre, capsized.
The victims, who were said to be from Gbajibo, Ekwa, and Yankyade communities, were going for farming activities when the incident occurred in the morning.
About 26 people, mostly women and children, have been confirmed dead and over 30 people have been rescued, while a combined rescue operation by marine police and local divers in collaboration with the Niger State Emergency Management Agency is ongoing.