An angry mob decided to administer jungle justice on a policeman attached to Zenith Bank, Zaria who allegedly killed his colleague and dive other bystanders who were at an ATM queue.
Reports say an arguement ensued between the two policemen over entry into the bank hall. The one that was gunned down, Joshua Mathew reportedly attempted to gain entry into the bank premises but the one on duty simply identified as Ayuba Hamisu tried to stop him from entering the bank.
Their arguement according to an eyewitness later snowballed into a hot face-off which saw the policeman on duty pulling out his gun and shooting at the other officer before shooting sporadically, killing six others who were at an ATM queue.
Recounting the incident which played out like a scene from an action movie, an eyewitness who gave his name as Prince Sam shared the experience on a social media discussion forum. He said; “I was there when it all went down but fear no let me carry phone dey snap the event.
“I made my way up to Zenith bank, I got there but the crowd there was something else, so as I was about leaving, two of the mopols guiding the bank were arguing then one of them asked the other to hand over his rifle to him if not he will shoot him, like play like play, the guy cocked his rifle, his name was Ayuba Hamisu while the other one was Joshua Matthew both of them were Sergeants and attached to Mopol 47 squadron Zaria, so Joshua handed over his rifle to Ayuba knowing fully well that Ayuba has already cocked his rifle and anything can happen, while the rest mopols were just looking in amazement, the next thing I heard was, lie down, at this moment I knew something terrible was about to happen.
“So I left the premises of the bank, kick started my vehicle and drove off immediately, suddenly it was not up to 30 seconds I heard a gun shot, people started running for their dear lives, I parked my car to know what was going on, then I looked down to zenith bank, two people were already on the ground dead including Joshua the other Mopol man that was lying on the ground before I left the bank.
“The next thing I saw, was an Okada man dropped dead from his Okada, at that period I knew war has started, as I was trying to get the clear picture of what really transpired to that ugly event, I saw the Ayuba with two AK47s shooting rapidly chanting Allah Uhakubar as you can see from the picture.
“I quickly hid myself with others in one of the shops at PZ bustop, immediately news got to Zaria Area command who mobilized men to the scene before they could get there one of the mopols had already shot Ayuba in both legs, he couldn’t get up again while the rifles fell off his hands and I saw a mob gathered and started hitting him with so many objects they could lay their hands on.
“Police later dispersed the crowd, took Ayuba to hospital together with Joshua who was already dead before getting to hospital and three other persons who they later confirmed dead on arrival due to multiple gun shots.
“They said Ayuba later gave up due to serious beating by the mob and loss of blood. For this Christmas, I thank my God say my head no follow join oooo, make Una help me thank God oooo. the incident was so terrible.”
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident. He however said he had yet to get the full details.
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