Police react as stray bullet allegedly hit journalist at Kano Government House

Kano State Government on Saturday said a journalist working with the state-owned Television Station, Abubakar Rimi TV, attached to Government House suffered injuries from metal debris that hit him while in the premises.

This is contained in a statement issued by Director-General Media and Publicity, Malam Sanusi Bature, in Kano on Saturday.

He said: “for clarity purpose, Naziru Yau, the reporter of the state television station was not hit by any stray bullet.”

He explained that “instead, the reporter sustained injuries from metal debris emanating from an ongoing construction at the Kano State Government House, an area that has been barricaded for caution.”

“He said: we thereby dispel any rumor that had sparked outrage and call for increased safety measures for journalists covering sensitive events.”

“We also need to underscores the importance of accurate reporting and thorough investigation in mitigating misinformation and maintaining public trust.”

“The attention of Kano state government has been drawn to a one sided media report on social media revealing that a journalist, with the state own Television station, attached to Government house was hit by a stray bullet.”

The incident sparked widespread concern and speculation regarding the safety of journalists covering events at the Government House.

“The affected newsman Mr. Naziru, has expressed gratitude for the prompt medical attention he received and thanked well-wishers for their concern.

“Let me emphasise the need for journalists to remain vigilant while carrying out their duties, especially in environments where construction activities pose potential hazards’’, he said.

Bature assured the public of government’s commitment to ensure the safety of all individuals in the state in general.

Meanwhile, the Police Command in Kano State said on Saturday that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The Commissioner of Police Usaini Gumel, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that security personnel were cooperating with investigation.

He said following the incident, heads of security operatives in the Government House took audit of bullets with their personnel which confirmed that all bullets were intact.

He said in the event that the metal object was confirmed to be bullet particles, chances were that they did not emanate from any security personnel in the Government House, adding that the probe was ongoing.

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