A stray bullet from a soldier on Saturday killed a nine-year-old girl identified as Zainab Bala-Umar at Gwanki Ward, Makarfi Local Government Area during the local government election in Kaduna State.
An eyewitness, Alhaji Yahaya Gwanki, said that the stray bullet came from the gun of a soldier while attempting to forcefully disperse a crowd.
Daily Trust reported that the soldier was invited by a former chairman of Makarfi local government, Alhaji Kabir Maiyere, who is also the APC candidate in the election.
He said the APC candidate had gone to one of the polling units under Fadamar Gwanki where he started a conversation with an electoral officer allegedly over some challenges of the e-voting machine.
While having the conversation, some disgruntled youths who saw the move as a ploy to influence the voting pattern started to protest, ‘ba ma so, ba ma so” meaning “we don’t want.”
“Maiyere then invited soldiers who shot into the air and in the process, the girl was hit and died,” Gwanki said.
Commenting on the matter, the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Mohammed Jalige, said military personnel were not allowed to be at the polling units.
Jalige further said the police would arrest the suspects, investigate the matter and brief the press.