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There was pandemonium around Abeokuta Street in the heart of Kaduna city yesterday as unknown gunmen shot and killed a patent medicine vendor, Alhaji Tajudeen Adegbite.

It was gathered that the perpetrators stormed the deceased patent medicine store at about 8:30p.m. on Sunday where they took their time to take snacks and soft drinks while monitoring movement of their target. While this was going on, the shop owner was preparing to close for the day.According to an eyewitness, the late Adegbite was shot at close range but he did not die until yesterday. “He was shot at close range and died today (Monday),” he said.

The witness added that the gunmen moved into the shop and invited the late Tajjudeen Adegbite outside, where he was shot on his right foot, he cried for help and they fired the second shot in his chest.

“After taking their soft drinks and snack, they went into the patent medicine store and invited the owner, Alhaji Tajudeen Adegbite, outside and shot him. The assailants jumped into their waiting Golf 3 car and sped off leaving the victim in the pool of his blood.Neighbours later called in the police who arrived at the scene and took Adegbite to a nearby hospital,” added the eyewitness.

The police in Kaduna State confirmed the incident.The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aliyu Mukhtar, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, said the police received a distressed call and immediately swung into action by dispatching a team to the scene of the incident.

Mukhtar hinted that the Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, had ordered for a massive manhunt for the killers while investigation was ingoing. The police spokesman said: “Our men in collaboration with neighbours took the victim to a nearby hospital but unfortunately he gave us the ghost before help could be rendered.

“We are working round the clock to ensure that the perpetrators of this gruesome act are brought to justice. We also call on the public to help us with information that may lead to tracking down the killers. But let me assure you that the Commissioner of Police, Austin Iwar, has ordered for massive manhunt to fish out the perpetrators.”


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