Tragedy has struck Khadija Abdullahi, a newly wedded bride in Kano after she lost one of her eyes in a fracas that erupted while holding her wedding reception.
A resident of Kwajalawa, Ungoggo LGA, Kano, Khadija had after the wedding solemnisation organized a local party popularly known as DJ with her friends to celebrate the wedding not knowing that this will cost her one eye.
Speaking to reporters on her hospital bed, Khadija said they were in the middle of the celebration when suspected members of a Vigilante group in the area stormed the place in large numbers, beating and dispersing everyone, and in the process, they hit her which led to damages on her eye.
“We are having a party when they stormed the place numbering over ten, and they started beating everyone, all I know is that I was hit by one of them, and the next thing is I saw myself on a hospital bed”.
“It is the vigilantes in our area, I saw them with my eyes before they hit me, they even entered our house and threatened to beat our father. They are even calling for more of their members to join them in dispersing the people that gathered. It is my happiest day but look at what they turned me in”, said Khadija sobbingly.
Malama Hajara, a sister of the victim who witnessed the incident alleged that it is their neighbours that called some youths who came in with daggers and started beating everyone and people started throwing things at them, a development she said led to the loss of her sister’s eye.
“It is our neighbours who were members of a local committee known as vigilantes called some youths who came with daggers and started beating everyone and people also throw objects at them. The place turns ugly, and all that we saw is the bride on the ground. As we lifted her up, we saw blood coming out and she has painted. We then took her to hospital”, alleged Hajara.
Malama Hajara who sued for justice on what happened to her sister added that instead of her sister being happy on her wedding day, but she ended up in a hospital bed.
However, the Ungogo Commander of the Vigilantes group, Naziru Abubakar Adamu has denied the involvement of his members in the incident which led to the loss of the bride’s eye.
“What happened is a misunderstanding between those doing the party and local committee in the area, the vigilantes’ group have no hand in the issue”, said Nazir.
Efforts to reach Kano State Police Command PPRO SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa were not successful as several phone calls placed to him were not answered just as an SMS sent to him had not been responded to at press time.