The police chased the robbers but made no arrest.
Suspected armed robbers on Tuesday evening shot a palm oil dealer in Kaduna State. The incident happened close to three different military and para-military formations.
The victim was shot about 250 metres from a major military post, opposite a fire service office, and near Tudun Wada Police Division.
The incident, which happened at about 5:00 p.m. also happened close to the Abubakar Gumi Market along Ibrahim Taiwo Road; causing pandemonium as residents, commuters and traders abandoned their business to scamper for safety.
“They came in their numbers and shot the palm oil dealer on his foot before carting away unspecified amount of money,” a police officer who witnessed the incident said.
“We gave them a hot pursuit but they disappeared in the crowd and escaped. We learnt that they snatched a car for their getaway.
“We alerted the soldiers in the nearby strike force post for help when we first heard the gunshot, but they told us it is not their jurisdiction,” the officer, who sought anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to journalists, said.
Witnesses said the victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Aminu Lawal, confirmed the incident, saying “trailing of the suspects is in top gear.”