Trouble started when the medical ware dealers in Sabongari Market, Kano had a confrontation with the police.

Their portion of the market was allegedly closed on the orders of the state government.

Augustine said he got to the market and found that the gate to the medication section had been locked by policemen and Hisbah officials.

The trader said that he saw some of his colleagues planning to protest over the closure of their shops, but did not join them.

“Three days ago, they (state government) brought in the police, Hisbah personnel, the vigilance group and KAROTA and said they should seize every pharmaceutical products coming or going out of the market.

“The traders confronted the police and drove them away. On Saturday I just came to the shop and suddenly, everyone locked their shops and started running away, but as I was walking away, the Hisbah officials and KAROTA personnel supported by regular policemen descended on me with sticks.

“The policemen cocked their guns and wanted to shoot me. That was when I fainted, but when I regained consciousness, I discovered they had broken my leg. I couldn’t walk  or stand up. I was admitted at the hospital but they said they would operate it, that was why I went to a traditional healing home.”

He claims that a trader was killed while another sustained gunshot wounds during the face-off.