The Kano state police commissioner, in defense of his men, explained they were forced to respond to the violence. He said only one person was killed, seven injured by the shooting. He also confirmed 23 protesters were arrested.
“The protest organised by the labour unions was going on peacefully and the protesters had the permission of police to march from the labour secretariat to the race course for their rally,” Police Commissioner Ibrahim Idris explained. “Suddenly from nowhere a group of criminals besieged the government house and tried to force themselves in. They overpowered the policemen on duty, who had to seek reinforcements from soldiers to disperse the rampaging crowd.”