The Kano state police command yesterday confirmed the death of a 12-year-old boy, Hassan Muhammad of Gwale quarters in Gwale local government area of Kano metropolis following a gun shot fired at him by a police sergeant.
The police officer identified as Sergeant Laminu Adamu shot the 12-year-old boy who was hawking sachet water in the area.
An eye-witness said the boy was shot in his forehead and died shortly after he was taken to the Murtala Mohammed Hospital, Kano.
The command said the policeman fired a shot and critically injured the victim who was taken to the Murtala Mohammed Specialists Hospital for treatment.
Our correspondent gathered that residents of the area attempted to take the law into their hands over the shooting save for the quick intervention of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, who ordered the immediate arrest of the police officer.
Acting spokesman of the police in the state, ASP Magaji Musa Majiya confirmed the shooting and said that the police officer was in custody and was being tried in an orderly room and would be charged to court for prosecution.
"Appropriate action will be taken to sanction him", as the command assured members of the family of fair and open trial to ensure justice.
He said the state commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim K. Idris has warned that the command will not accommodate or condone any act of negligence and indiscipline from its personnel.
In a press statement ASP Magaji also stressed that the commissioner had also urged members of the Nigeria Police Force to be highly professional and civil while discharging their duties.