A 9-year-old girl identified as Zainab Bala-Umar has been reported to be hit by a stray bullet at Gwanki Ward, Makarfi Local Government during the ongoing local government elections in Kaduna State.
An eyewitness, Alhaji Yahaya Gwanki told Daily Trust that the stray bullet was discharged from military personnel in an effort to disperse the crowd after the soldier was invited by a former chairman of Makarfi local government who is also the APC candidate in the election.
According to the eyewitness, Alhaji Kabir Maiyere had gone to one of the polling units under Fadamar Gwanki and while discussing with an electoral officer over some challenges of the e-voting machine, when some youths had to start to shout, ‘ba ma so, ba ma so” meaning “we don’t want.”
“Maiyere then invited soldiers who shot in the air and in the process, the girl was hit and died,” as reported by Gwanki.
However, Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige said military personnel was not allowed to be at the polling units.
He said the police would arrest the suspects, investigate the matter, and brief the press.