The Coordinator of the National Youth service Corps (NYSC) Alhaji Ladan Baba in Kano, reported that a corps member who served in the state at Bebeji Local Government Area had killed an eight-year-old Almagiri boy.
Spokesperson of the Command, DSP Abdullahi Haruna, who confirmed the development on Friday, explained that the incident happened at Bebeji Local Government when the corps member slapped and kicked three Almajiriboys with his leg for entering coppers lodge to pick umbrella tree seeds.
But a statement signed by Laden Baba to NAN debunked the reports on Friday.
It reads, “The attention of the NYSC, Kano State management has been drawn to above subject matter. While we regret the untimely demise of an eight-year-old boy, Hassan Suleiman, a class 3 pupil of Old mosque lslamiya school.
“We wish to state categorically that the unfortunate incident happened at about 3:17pm on Thursday, 25th October at Bebeji town, Bebeji LGA, Kano State, where a corps member, Jepthan Peter Makwin ran after the deceased who came in to pluck fruits from an umbrella Tree within the Corpers’ Lodge.”
“In the process, the boy fell and hit his head on the wall of the entrance of the Lodge. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was afterwards confirmed dead”, NAN quoted the coordinator as saying.
According to him, an eye witness account revealed that there have been cordial relationship between corps members and the community and that the children are fond of visiting the lodge.
He added that the corps member was presently in the police custody for further investigation, adding that he led the NYSC management team on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.
“The Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, also oversees several members of the State Executive Council, the Chairman of Bebeji Local Government Area, Alhaji Ali Namadi, the head of the community and other elders, where he communicated with the deceased father, Malam Suleiman, Aliyu”
Ganduje urged people to accept the incident as God’s will and to remain calm and law-abiding.