Nigeria: Niger State Photographer Fatally Stabbed in His Home; Police Launch Investigation

Nigeria: Niger State Photographer Fatally Stabbed in His Home; Police Launch Investigation

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

In a tragic incident, the Niger State Police Command has initiated a probe into the murder of a photographer named Zacchaeus Salawadeen. The incident occurred on Thursday in the Tundun Fulani area of Minna. The state Police Public Relations Officer, Wasiu Abiodun, confirmed this development in a statement 

According to reports, Salawadeen was believed to have been followed to his apartment by his attackers on February 29. The suspects allegedly locked other residents in their rooms before entering Salawadeen’s apartment. Once inside, they proceeded to stab him multiple times before fleeing the scene.

Sadly, despite being rushed to a nearby hospital for medical attention, Salawadeen succumbed to his injuries. The incident took place in the presence of the photographer’s children, adding to the harrowing nature of the crime.

Abiodun further revealed that the assailants not only took the life of Salawadeen but also stole some valuables from his apartment before making their escape. The police have visited the crime scene, recovered some exhibits, and launched a preliminary investigation into the matter.

It is disheartening to note that incidents of stabbings have become a concerning trend in Niger State in recent times. Just a few weeks ago, a newlywed bride reportedly stabbed her husband to death in Nasarawa village, Lapai Local Government Area. Similarly, in 2021, a businessman named Yusuf Abubakar was fatally stabbed in Chanchaga Local Government Area after refusing to surrender his money and mobile phone to his attackers.

The growing prevalence of such violent crimes highlights the need for increased security measures and community vigilance. The Niger State Police Command’s swift response in launching an investigation into Salawadeen’s murder is a step in the right direction. It is hoped that the perpetrators will be brought to justice, providing some solace to the grieving family and serving as a deterrent to others.

The loss of a talented photographer like Zacchaeus Salawadeen is a tragedy that reverberates throughout the community. His contributions to the field will be sorely missed, and our thoughts and condolences go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.

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