A stray bullet allegedly fired by a Customs officer in pursuit of rice smugglers reportedly killed a 29-year old trader in Daddara town of Jibia Local Government Area in Katsina State.
The report said Amiru Abdulaziz was hit by the bullet while coming out of his animal feeds shop on Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m.
A relative of the deceased, Mallam Bello, reportedly said Mr. Abdulaziz has since been buried amidst “tears and sorrow”.
“ At around 5: 30 p.m on Wednesday we heard gun shots all over the town and we saw a Customs patrol team pursuing rice smugglers. As people began to scamper for safety due to the indiscriminate shooting, our brother was hit,” he said.
Mr. Abdulaziz who was in tears while narrating the incident said the action of the Customs officials “has taken away the breadwinner of the family who was working hard to support his aged father, pregnant wife and two children”.
Mr. Abdulaziz said it was not the first time that the people of the area were mourning such a tragedy.
He alleged that Customs’ patrol teams “have been killing our people over the years.”
The report said parents of the deceased, Abdul’aziz Daddara, and Zainab, also lamented the tragedy.
They called on authorities concerned to make sure that justice was done to them.
“Only justice will reduce the bitterness of his death in our hearts,” they said.
When contacted, the Katsina Custom’s Command spokesperson, Theophilus Duniya, simply told journalists that his command had no official report of the incident yet.