The motorcade of the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 crushed two to death and injured several others as people struggled to get their share after the wads of N200 were thrown at the crowd.
Governor Shettima had just launched the free food distribution programme in Maduganari ward and started spraying the money (known as Yirne in Kanuri), leading to the death of two people, with the leg of one Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) member crushed in the ensuing melee.
A source who came to the venue in company of Governor Shettima said: “We just launched a free food programme in Madugnari ward, and when we were about reaching Government House, there was a huge crowd chanting ‘’APC, APC; We want Buhari for Change.
‘’When the Governor started spraying cash on the streets, they started struggling, a situation that led to the crushing of two people including a member of vigilante youth who sustained fractures on his leg.
“Already, the civilian JTF member has been referred to the Orthopedic Hospital for treatment while those who lost their lives have not been officially reported to us.”
When contacted for comments, Isa Umar Gusau the Special adviser to Governor Shettima on Information and Communications said he had not yet been briefed on the matter as he was not in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.