October 31, 2014

SSS operatives gun down middle-aged man at Kano checkpoint

State Security Service operatives in northern Nigeria’s largest city say they shot dead a middle-aged man at a checkpoint close to the SSS office.

According to media reports, the man, identified as Zaharadeen Musa Mohammad, had been driving his Toyota Corolla car at top speed as he approached the checkpoint located in Giginyu quarters in Kano on Monday evening.

Eyewitnesses cited in the report said the operatives had shot the driver, Musa Mohammed, to death and injured his brother Usman Mohammed Musa, who is now receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility.

The incident happened in the evening as vehicles queued up for a stop-and-search exercise being conducted by a SSS team near their office located at Giginyu Quarters Badawa GRA, Kano, ThisDay reported.

Spokesman of the Joint military task force (JTF), Lieutenant Ikedichi Iweha, said the shooting occurred “when the driver of the car, Zaharadeen Mohammed Musa and his brother defied the check point and headed toward the SSS office at high speed”.

“We always advise people to obey the law and be careful anytime they reach a check point.”

He further clarified that the shooting had been done by SSS operatives and not JTF agents.

Kano state director of the SSS, Mr. Bassey Eteng, is yet to confirm or deny the report.

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