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Journalist hit by a strange bullet at the Kano government house

A journalist of Abubakar Rimi Television Station (ARTV), Naziru Idris Ya’u, was hit by a stray bullet at the Kano State Government House in Kano.

The incident occurred at around 6pm on Friday, May 3, 2024, according to a report by a local radio station in Kano, which was monitored by our correspondent.

Naziru was spending time with friends in the Government House premises when he suddenly felt a sharp pain in his arm. When he checked, he saw a bullet lodged in his arm and realized that he had been shot.

“I felt something hit my arm and I saw it was a bullet,” Naziru said. “It seemed to come from afar because it was cold to the touch.”

He managed to extract the bullet himself and was immediately taken to the Government House clinic to receive medical attention.

LEADERSHIP reports that the incident occurred on World Press Freedom Day, celebrated annually on May 3. The timing has raised concerns about the safety of journalists and possible threats to press freedom.

However, no one has taken responsibility and the origin of the bullet, which appeared to be a stray bullet, remained unknown at press time.

Naziru revealed that his injury was minor and he received medical treatment at the clinic. After receiving medication, he was discharged and allowed to return to his home.

Police officers stationed at State House launched an investigation into the origin of the gunshot as they worked to determine where it came from.

So far, neither the Kano State Police Command nor the State Government have reacted to the incident.