By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO – Officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency clashed with hundreds of drug traffickers duringÂ todayÂ morningÂ hour leaving one dead with dozens injured in Kano.
The rush hour bloody clash between 40 officials of NDLEA and hundreds of traffickers nearly snowballed into a major bloodbath in the city saved for the intervention of rapid response team of the police.
TheÂ incident was triggered by the invasion of the â€˜Snake Island and Danagundi quartersâ€™ all located within the precinct of Gidan Murtala along the strategic Gidan Murtala â€“ BUK road.
The sweeping action on the â€˜island and Danagundi gateâ€™ described as certified black spot for drug peddlersÂ send panic across the city that has not witnessed anyÂ ethno-religious crisis since 2005.
EyewitnessesÂ account stated that the hoodlums who were armed with machete and other dangerous weapon put upÂ a brave resistance to the invasion by the heavily armed men and in the ensuing melee forced them to beat a fast retreat.
The account further explained that the hoodlums made a bone fire on the busy strategic Gidan Murtala â€“ BUK road attacking anyone in sight and thereby generating pandemonium.
Vanguard learnt that the timely arrival of the Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Maman Tsafe and retinue of aides at the scene secured the strategic road, and restored normalcy.
At the last count 7 people were arrested, while those injured were taken to Murtala Muhammed Hospital for medical attention.
WhenÂ Vanguard visited the â€˜battle zoneâ€™, a platoon of mobile police haveÂ been redeployed to the snake island and Danagundi gate.
Confirming the incident , the NDLEA commandant in Kano, Nicholas Walter Salu admitted lapses on the operation, pointing out that their refusal to seek police cover during the operation was not deliberate.
The NDLEA bossÂ alsoÂ threatened to prosecute all those arrested in the scene, adding that the man who was hit by bullet could not be confirmed dead unless certified by a medical personnel.