By Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
A Counsel to the family of late Abdul-Kadir Musa a.k.a Mai Ayaba, who allegedly shot dead by Soldiers over simple disagreement for the payment of N500 bunch of banana, write to the Minister of defence urged him to direct relevant authorities to ensure discreet investigation into the matter.
In a letter issued by M.B. Idris & Co. which was dated 08/06/2021 and signed by Bello Idris Galadi Esq and made available to Journalists in Gusau Zamfara State capital, contained that, “We act as Solicitors to the family of late Abdul-Kadir Musa (Mai Ayaba) of Gusau, Zamfara State on whose behalf and firm instructions we write to you herein.
The letter reads in part: ” You may wish to be notified that on Sunday, 9th May, 2021 at about 05:00PM, two Soldiers in mufti visited Abdul-Kadir at his shop located at Hayin Buba Junction, bye-pass road Gusau and priced a bunch of banana.
“You may wish to be informed that argument erupted between the two Soldiers and the deceased over the price of the bunch of banana, shortly, a complaint was lodged against the Soldiers at Gusau Police Area Command upon which 3 Police officers rushed to the scene and disposed off the case.
“Retrospectively, the Police officers urged the Soldiers settle the deceased his N500 for the banana they bought, which they did, as if the case was over, only for the Soldiers to return in a couple of minutes with 2 firearms and one of them shot Abdul-Kadir in the chest and he died few minutes later.
“It may also interest you to know that, even though the Soldiers had escaped immediately after the killing, but were subsequently arrested and are currently undergoing interrogation by both the Army authorities in Zamfara State and the Police Command”, the letter has explained.
The Solicitors further requested the Minister of defence, to direct the relevant authorities to ensure the culprits are punished according to the law, and to further direct the Nigerian Army to pay the sum of N200 million to the family of late Abdul-Kadir Musa as damages for his unjustified killing.