– Anti-riot police officer Corporal Aliyu Hamisu reportedly shot dead his colleague and two others at a bank in Kaduna on Friday, December 23 after reportedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’
– Hamisu was later subdued by other police officers who reportedly shot him the legs before the crowd pounced on him
A policeman has gone on rampage and shot dead three people at a bank in Zaria, Kaduna state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Anti-riot police officer Corporal Aliyu Hamisu allegedly shot his colleague Joshua Matthew on Friday, December 23 before killing another person, a young boy who was at the bank to withdraw cash from an ATM machine.
Hamisu then shot dead an Okada rider to make three people in all that he killed in minutes.
NAN reports that although the reason for the policeman’s action could not be immediately ascertained, it was gathered that he and late Matthew got into a heated argument that degenerated into the shooting incident.
Hamisu was eventually subdued after being shot in the legs by other policemen at the bank and mobbed by the crowd.
Nigerian Bulletin quotes an eyewitness Prince Sam, who wrote about the incident on an online forum as saying that Hamisu of MOPOL 47, Zaria gunned down his colleague and two bank customers before he was killed by other policemen.
“I was there when it all went down but I was afraid to take pictures of the incident with my phone. I woke up early this morning (Friday), made my way to the bank, Manchester Road precisely where GT Bank was situated. I got there, but there was no money at the ATM. In fact, I went round the whole of Zaria but none of the ATMs was loaded with money.
“I got to Diamond Bank roundabout and made my way to Zenith Bank. I got there but the crowd there was something else; so as I was about leaving, two of the MOPOLS (anti-riot policemen) guarding the bank were arguing. One of them asked the other to hand over his rifle to him or he would shoot him.
“Like a joke, the guy cocked his rifle. His name was Ayuba Hamisu while the other one was Joshua Matthew. Both of them were sergeants attached to Mopol 47 squadron Zaria. So Joshua handed over his rifle to Ayuba knowing that Ayuba had already cocked his rifle and anything could happen, while the rest of the MOPOLS were just looking in amazement. The next thing I heard was ‘lie down.’ At this moment, I knew something terrible was about to happen. So I left the premises of the bank, started my vehicle and drove off immediately.
“It was not up to 30 seconds when I heard a gunshot, people started running for their dear lives, I parked my car to know what was going on, then I looked down towards Zenith Bank and saw two people lying dead on the ground, including Joshua.”
The Kaduna State Police Public Relations Officer, Aliyu Usman, confirmed the incident to NAN. He however said he had yet to get the full details.