The shooting of 15-year-old Amadu Yussif on Saturday at Walewale in the North East region has generated tension in the municipality.
Information available to 3news.com indicates that the victim in the company of friends were holding a disco jam at Next Level Club, a popular entertainment centre at Walewale, in breach of the government’s directive to have all pubs and night clubs closed.
Sources say the police picked intelligence and rounded the place up at about 11:30 pm.
In an interview with 3news.com, the Municipal Police Commander, DSP Paul Peter Akabati, confirmed the incident but denied it was the police that shot the boy.
According to the Commander, he received a report about the partying on-going around midnight of Saturday and so deployed his men to go and order all to leave.
He said those outside the entertainment centre who saw the police ran away, but others started throwing stones at them.
This, according to the commander, alerted those inside the entertainment centre that the police were around.
So they came out and attempted escaping to their various homes but the young man that was shot ran and climbed a tree and so in the process of the police trying to retreat because of the stones being thrown at them, a gunshot was heard.
The police retaliated by also firing two warning shots, DSP Akabati narrated.
This, he said, calmed the tension but later heard that someone was injured.
The police rushed the victim to the Walewale Municipal Hospital and he was admitted and attended to at the emergency ward.
The commander further revealed that some ammunition penetrated through the victims bottoms which he believes is as a result of the victim climbing the tree.
DSP Akabati disclosed that health personnel will be conducting an X-Ray on him Monday, June 8 to know the level of injury.
He revealed that investigation has commenced into the matter.
The organisers of the event have been invited to assist in investigations. No arrest has, however, been made so far.
The Municipal Commander says he is not sure at the moment which bullet hit the boy until investigations are finalised.
Meanwhile, the victim has accused the police of being behind the act.
According to the 15-year-old boy, he took to his heels immediately the police arrived but was hit at his bottom.
He said he didn’t know it was a bullet until he tried to get up and felt the pain and touched his bottoms and saw the blood.
He also refuted claims by the police that he tried climbing a tree and was shot.