The Army and Police confirmed the incident.
The clash occurred when the group held a procession to celebrate the birth of its leader.
The group’s spokesman, Hassan Adamu, told the News Agency of Nigeria on a telephone chat that Mr. Abubakar died hours later from the bullet wound he had sustained during the clash with the Army.
He said the Army patrol van ran into the group’s possession around the vicinity of the IBB Market, questioning the group over their ‘unlawful’ activity of occupying the road and ordering them to disperse.
Mr. Adamu alleged that one of the soldiers started shooting sporadically during which Mr. Abubakar was hit by a stray bullet.
He claimed that the group had earlier sought and obtained a police permit before embarking on the procession, saying they had been celebrating their leader’s birthday for the past 15 years, without molestation from any quarters.
When contacted, the Deputy Director of the Nigerian Army Public Relations, Lt. Col. Omale Ochaguba, confirmed the incident but insisted that the group’s procession was illegal.
He said the security agents were not duly informed about the planned procession before the group took to the streets in the town.
Mr. Ochaguba explained that when the Army patrol team ran into the procession, the group immediately started attacking the patrol vehicle with dangerous weapons and the team responded in self defence.
He said that one of the soldiers sustained injuries during the fracas, adding that the injured soldier attempted shooting as the group went ahead to seize his rifle.
The army spokesman said that during the incident, a stray bullet hit a member of the group in the abdomen, adding that the member was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Mr. Ochaguba said the injured solider is currently receiving treatment at the hospital following the injuries he had during the fracas, adding that normalcy has since returned to the town after the encounter.
In his response, the Deputy Police Public Relations Officer (DPPRO), Richard Oguche, also confirmed the incident, saying that investigation has been opened into the fracas.
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