Report reaching us at Livenews Nigeria has revealed that armed policemen have opened fire on youths in Kaduna and six of them have been reportedly killed.
In a serious clash that was reported to have happened between traders and youths ended up turning bloody in Kaduna yesterday.
It all started when Traders at the Sabon Garri-Trikania market had trooped out for business activities thereby breaking the order that was laid down by the Federal Government in order to cob the spread of Coronavirus disease, COVID-19 but the report reveals that the armed policemen decided to take harsh decisions by opening fire on the youths.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mohammad Jalige, said the state command got the report of the fracas but was expecting the report of the DPO in the area.
According to Guardian Nigeria;
A witness told journalists that the bloody clash that started around 3 p.m. saw the traders at the Sabon Garri-Trikania market, in Chukun Council, defying the lockdown order by the government to attend to desperate buyers of foodstuff.
The witness, who gave his name as Nasir Marina, said, “The civilian joint task force came to the market to disperse the traders, but they did not comply. When the traders did not obey their directives, they went and brought armed policemen to enforce the lockdown.
“There was confusion because several of the youths in the area came out and the police started shooting. As a result, six of the youths were killed.”
Jalige told The Guardian: “At this point, I cannot comment on the issue until we receive full details of the incident from the DPO in that area.”
Meanwhile, in an earlier statement, the governor’s media aide, Muyiwa Adekeye, had said the government might be forced to maintain the 24-hour curfew without giving a window for restocking.
Adekeye lamented the poor compliance level to the lockdown in the state.
He said: “Government had reviewed the 24-hour lockdown last Wednesday, by giving a two-day window of Tuesday and
Wednesday every week, to enable residents to buy food and other essential commodities.
“The State Task Force on COVID-19 met with representatives of traders and resolved that dealers of foodstuff and essential commodities are permitted to bring in and offload their goods on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
According to the statement, palliatives are being distributed from clusters to households and in some councils.
“However, to ensure more transparency and accountability, the Palliatives Committee will work with credible Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to monitor the distribution,” she added.