Nigeria Police Allegedly Shoot Seven-Month-Old Child, Abandons Family

Nigeria Police Allegedly Shoot Seven-Month-Old Child, Abandons Family

  • The Benue state police have been accused of shooting a seven-month-old in the Makurdi area of the state
  • According to the parent of the child, the police had refused to take responsibility for the terrible incident
  • It was reported that the child was shot when the police were attempting to arrest some suspected hoodlums

In what can be described as heartbreaking, a seven-month-old baby has been allegedly shot by the police in Benue state.

The child, Nadoo Ahaangba was reportedly shot when the police were attempting to arrest some hoodlums around the Makurdi International Market on October 7.

The police allegedly shot sporadically as a bullet hit Nadoo in the child's hand, Punch Newspaper reports.

Nigeria police allegedly shoot seven-month-old child
A seven-month-old child was reportedly shot by the police. Photo: Nigeria police
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According to the baby's father, Tyokaa, the police had refused to take responsibility for the incident, adding that his family had become impoverished due to payment of medical bills.

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He said:

“On October 7, my wife was selling food at the market junction when the policemen passed the area around 8pm. As they passed, they saw some boys bargaining over something on the road, so they reversed their vehicle. But as those boys saw them, they took to their heels and the police started shooting sporadically.
“As they were shooting, people started running and my wife ran too to avoid being caught up in what was happening, not knowing that a bullet had hit my baby in her right hand; the bullet shattered her finger.
“We took her to E Division and when the DPO saw what happened, he helped to bandage her hand and rushed her to a hospital. When we got to the hospital, the doctor said we needed to deposit N200,000 before they could do any surgery for her so my elder brother went to the state headquarters to see the Commissioner of Police and complain.

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“The CP spoke with the doctor and the doctor told him that we would need a lot of money for the surgery but that they should deposit N200,000 for the surgery and the CP sent the money to the doctor. But since that day, we have not heard or seen anything from them; they abandoned us."

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Meanwhile, Nigerian journalists on Monday, October 25, took to the streets of Abuja to protest the disappearance of their colleague, Tordue Henry Salem, who went missing on Wednesday, October 13.

Members of the Nigerian Union of Journalists led by the chairman of the Federal Capital Territory council, Emmanuel Obeche made a stop at the Force Headquarters Abuja to demand an expedite action for locating Salem. Salem until his disappearance worked as a House of Representative correspondent with the Vanguard Newspaper.

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In a letter to the inspector general of police, Usman Baba Alkali, the journalists said they are optimistic that with adequate funding and deployment of up-to-date technology, the Police is well positioned to rise up the task of securing the nation.

Police officers assault Legit reporter

Legit.ng previously reported that Police officers at the Lekki Toll Gate on Wednesday, October 20, assaulted a reporter covering the #EndSARS memorial.

The reporter, Abisola Alawode, a staff of Legit.ng was harrased, beaten up and subsequently arrested by the security operatives at the venue of the #EndSARS memorial.

Abisola was however released after over six hours of his arrest by the police through intervention from colleague, lawyer and notable Nigerians across the country.

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