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2 dead, 4 injured as NDLEA, drug peddlers clash

By Umar Yusuf

KANO — Officials   of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) clashed with hundreds of drug traffickers during the morning rush hour leaving two dead with four 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 but for the intervention of Rapid Response team of the police.

The incident was triggered by the invasion of the Snake Island and Danagundi quarters, all located within the precinct of Gidan Murtala along the strategic Gidan Murtala-BUK road.

The sweeping action on the Island and Danagundi gate, described as certified black spot for drug peddlers, sent panic across the city that has not witnessed any ethno-religious crisis since 2005.

Eyewitness account told Vanguard that the skirmish,  that lasted for about 30 minutes, also left innocent passer by bearing the brunt as a journalist with a private medium in Kano was brutalised and a banker lost his car.

The account stated that the hoodlums, who were armed with machete and other dangerous weapon, put up a brave resistance to the invasion by the heavily armed policemen who forced them to beat a fast retreat.

The account further explained that the hoodlums made a bonfire on the busy strategic Gidan Murtala-BUK road, attacking anyone in sight and generating pandemonium.

Vanguard learnt that the timely arrival of the Police Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Maman Tsafe, and a retinue of aids to the scene secured the strategic road and restored normalcy.

At the last count 7 people have been arrested, while those injured were taken to Murtala Muhammed Hospital for medical attention.


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