Zainab Bala-Umar, 9, was killed by a stray bullet during Saturday’s election in Kaduna State’s Gwanki Ward in Makarfi.
Alhaji Yahaya Gwanki, an eyewitness, told Daily Trust that the stray bullet was fired by a military officer in an effort to disperse the crowd after the officer was invited by a candidate for the APC candidate in Makarfi local government.
During a conversation with an electoral officer about some problems with the e-voting machine, some youths began shouting, “ba ma so, ba ma so” meaning “we don’t want.”, according to Fadamar Gwanki, reporter for Daily Trust.
As a result, Maiyere invited soldiers to shoot in the air, and in the process, the girl was hit and killed.” Gwanki said.
Engineer Auwal-bz Nuhu, the Special Assistant to Ibrahim Wusoro, the Kaduna State PDP Secretary, who posted a photo of the deceased, said she was on the way to Islamiyya school in Gwanki Ward when the incident occurred.
The spokesperson for the State Police Command, ASP Mohammed Jalige, confirmed the incident and said military personnel were not permitted at the polling stations.
Adding to that, he said that police would arrest the suspects, investigate the incident, and brief the press.