September 5, 2017

Shock: Suitor dies during flogging in Sharo, Fulani marriage rite

Shock: Suitor dies during flogging in Sharo, Fulani marriage rite

By Bashir Bello

KATSINA—Katsina State Police Command has arrested a suitor, Ahmed Saidu of Durmin Biri village of Kafur Local Government Area over the death of another suitor, Yari Inusa over a bride.

The duo were said to have engaged in a Fulani traditional game known as Sharo, in which suitors flog each other with the strongest and bravest marrying the bride.

However, according to Vanguard investigation, when it was the turn of Saidu to flog Inusa, he decided to hit him (Inusa) on his head as against flogging him in the back, leading to his death.

File: Man being flogged


Spokesperson for the Command, DSP Gambo Isah, who confirmed the incident, said father of the deceased, Inusa Muhammed, reported the matter to the Police, which led to the arrest of the suspect, Saidu.

Isah said the victim was hit in the presence of many, who came to witness the traditional game, noting that the victim fell on the floor after being hit and was rushed to the hospital, where he was confirmed dead.

Isah said: “The corpse has been released to the family and buried according to Islamic rites. The suspect, upon arrest, confessed to the crime and as soon as we conclude investigation, we shall charge him to court.”