Trigger-happy soldier allegedly kills fruit vendor in Zamfara for refusing to give him free bunch of bananas

A trigger-happy soldier just allegedly murdered a fruit vendor identified as Abdulkadir Musa in Gusau, Zamfara state capital, for refusing to allow him to leave without paying for a bunch of banana.

The sad incident occurred on Sunday, May 9, along Aebasu Road, Gusau Bypass and it triggered protest by angry youths who blocked roads and burnt tyres.

The father of the deceased, Alhaji Mustafa Musa spoke to PUNCH and narrated how it all happened.

He said;

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,” he narrated.

“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 said that after the soldiers were released, one of them went home, fetched a gun and returned to the scene, and shot the fruit vendor.

The grieving father said 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 spokesperson of the State Police Command, SP Mohammed Shehu, who confirmed the incident, said they are investigating the issue.


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