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Stray bullet hits journalist in Kano Govt House



A journalist with Abubakar Rimi Television (ARTV), Naziru Ya’u, has been hit by a stray bullet inside the Kano State Government House.

Ya’u, who is a correspondent attached to the Kano Government House, was said to have been rushed to the clinic where he was treated and discharged by medical experts in the facility.

Medical personnel at the clinic said the reporter was lucky because the bullet was not shot at a close range.

Following the incident, police officers attached to the Government House were said to have commenced an investigation to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.

The source of the stray bullet which hit the journalist around 6.30 pm on Friday, was yet to be found as of Saturday morning as both security agents and Government House officials have continued to keep mum on the incident.

The incident occurred amidst the observance of World Press Freedom Day set aside by the United Nations, on May 3rd annually.

In an interview with The Guild Correspondent after he was discharged, Ya’u narrated that while inside the government house, he suddenly discovered that his body has been forcefully pierced.

He added that the next discovery after the sudden change in body temperature was blood oozing out from the part where the bullet pieced him.

The victim lamented that hours after the incident, the origin of the stray bullet was still unknown and could not ascertain if the security personnel inside the Kano Government House have commenced investigation to unravel the perpetrator.

Following the incident, police personnel stationed at the Government House have initiated a thorough investigation to uncover the circumstances leading to this alarming event.

As of the time of compiling this report, there is no official statement from the Kano Government House regarding the shooting.

However, the silence on the matter has prompted a wave of speculation and unease among the press community, highlighting the perils faced by journalists even in supposed places of safety.

Efforts to speak with the spokesperson to the governor, Sanusi Tofa, for the state government reaction to the development proved abortive as calls made to his telephone line did not go through.

Contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the Kano State Police Command, SP Haruna Abdullahi, said the incident had yet to be reported to the command.

“I will investigate the issue because it has not been reported to the command,” he said.

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