Gunman suspected to be a soldier has killed a fruit vendor in Gusau, Zamfara State, for refusing to allow him go away with a bunch of bananas without paying.
According to The PUNCH, the father of the deceased, Mustafa Musa, claimed that two soldiers went to his son’s fruits stand on Sunday and purchased a bunch of bananas.
Musa said when the soldiers paid for the bunch, they tried to collect another without paying, which led to a squabble.
“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 said.
“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”.
The father of the deceased stated that immediately the soldiers were released, one of them went home, picked up a gun and returned to the scene and shot his son.
“My son was shot in the back and we took him to the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, but unfortunately, he lost his life”, he also said.
He said he has reported the issue to all relevant authorities, including the Human Rights Commission (HRC).
“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,” he stated.
Mohammed Shehu, Zamfara State police command’s spokesperson, said investigation into the incident is ongoing.
“We are investigating the issue,” Shehu said.