JUST IN: Again, Custom officer’s stray bullet hits primary 6 pupil in Katsina
Pandemonium in Morawa village, Batagarawa local government area of Katsina State when stray bullet by custom officers allegedly hita primary six pupil, Bello Salisu of Morawa Primary school, a government owned school, Vanguard reports.
The incident which occurred on Friday was said to have happened along Katsina – Kano road when the custom operatives were chasing smugglers conveying Rice and Second hand clothes in a J-5 and allegedly shooting sporadically.
The pupil, little Bello Salisu was hit bythe stray bullets and sustained injuries on his hand, around his shoulder and neck.
Bello, who spoke to newsmen from his hospital bed in the Accident and Emergency area of General Hospital, Katsina said they were on break whenthey heard gunshots and ran to see what happened when he was hit by the bullets from the custom officers.
It was gathered that Bello is the only male child in the family.
Principal Personnel Officer, PPO of the Batagarawa Local Government Education Authority, LGEA, Aminu Bello expressed dismay over the incident which he said calls for urgent intervention by the government to avert future occurrence of such incidence.
When our reporter visited the Katsina/Kaduna Command of the Nigeria Custom Service, NCS to get their own side of the story, the Custom Audit Officer, Ibrahim who is sitting in for the Commands Public Relations Officer, Theophilus Duniya said the Command is not aware of the incident.
As at the time of filing in this report, information reaching our reporter hasit that the little Bello was bleeding andvomiting blood just as he was said to be short of blood resulting from the injuries he sustained from the alleged gunshots.
It could be recalled that earlier this year, Custom officer’s stray bullet killed another 27 year old trader in his shop at Jibia Local Government.