- At least one person was killed and three other injured in a stampede on Friday, September 25, in Sokoto
- This happened when Governor Aminu Tambuwal doled out cash gift to residents
- The deceased youths and injured persons were shot by a policeman who was attached to the state's Government House
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There was chaos and a stampede at the Sultan Bello Jumu’at mosque, in Sokoto on Friday, September 25, as residents clamour to get cash doled out by Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
During the apparent confusion and rowdiness, a policeman, Bello Garba, one of Tambuwal's security details, who tried to control the crowd and protect the governor, shot dead a 25-year-old man, Aminu Abdulrahman.
PM News reports that Garba, who is a sergeant, also fired shots at three other persons, Junaidu Abba, Babangida Muhammad and Awaisu Alti.
The incident was confirmed by the police command’s spokesman, ASP Muhammad Sadiq, described the sergeant's action as unprofessional.
”The Sokoto state police command condemns in its entirety the unwarranted, uncivil and unprofessional conduct of a Police Sergeant on special duty in the state.
”Commissioner of police, Sani Kaoje had ordered the detention and trial of the erring officer and charged the state Criminal Investigation Department to speed up an investigation and come up with objective findings.”
Meanwhile, in a bid to actualise his 2023 presidential ambition, Tambuwal had started making serious consultations with Nigeria's political bigwigs.
Most of the prominent politicians Governor Tambuwal had met to realise his dreams are on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
David Mark, a former Senate president and Theophilus Danjuma, who had served as a minister of defence, were among those the governor spoke with recently.
Moreover, the northern governor had reportedly tried to get Olusegun Obasanjo on his side as he fosters his mission.
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