In Kano, the magnificent emirate city and commercial hub of northern Nigeria, there are yet a few dreads that residents cannot but live with. They include rampant drug use among the surging youth population, the almajirai social challenges and now growing violent mugging.
Yet to be apprehended, assailants pounced on Abubakar Tijani Shu’aibu, a physiotherapist, stabbed him and fled, apparently with the victim’s phone. The incident brings to light the tell-tale inner city rot and social challenges that Kano grapples with.
As Shu’aibu slumped and lay bleeding on the walkway, no help came his way. He bled to death that Thursday night. The following morning, in observance of the Islamic rite, the corpse was conveyed to the Ringim Local Government Area in neighbouring Jigawa and buried without elaborate investigation protocols by police and medical professionals.
A brother of the deceased, Dr. Idris Tijani Shu’aibu told newsmen on Friday that the late Shu’aibu only recently graduated from the School Of Nursing, Dawakin Kudu and had yet to land a job before the tragic occurrence.
He gave insight into what transpired that fateful night. “On his way to see his friend, phone thieves attacked him around 10:00 pm on Thursday night close to the first gate, Janbulo Quarters along Gwarzo Road, in Gwale Local Government.”
Dr. Shu’aibu recounted that when passersby realised that the victim had been attacked by street muggers and came over it was evidently too late for the victim. According to him, sympathizers managed to rush the victim to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital but he was pronounced dead on arrival.
In a telephone interview with the Police Public Relations Officer, Kano State Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa confirmed the incident and assured that the Command was investigating the incident.
“Right now we are interrogating some suspects arrested by our diligent officers,” he said.
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