By Ismail Auwal
Kano State Command of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) has arrested its trigger-happy official who shot dead a vendor on Monday.
While confirming the arrest the command’s spokesperson, Misbahu Lawan, in a statement, however, describes the incident as an “unintentional discharge”.
In addition to the vendor who was killed, another person was injured in the shooting.
“The officer involved, on the order of the state Controller of Correctional Service, was immediately arrested and a panel set up to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident.
“While expressing his condolences to the family members of the deceased, the Controller prayed to God Almighty for the repose of the soul of the departed and speedy recovery of the injured,” the statement added.
The statement further assured that “the case will be duly investigated and appropriate action taken according to the provisions of the law stating that the Service maintains zero tolerance for indiscipline and any form of recklessness.”
In his response, Kano State’s Police Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Kiyawa, said the police were still trying to ascertain the identity of the slain vendor.