The Jigawa State Police Command has confirmed that a 25-year-old man, Abubakar Lawan of Shaiskawa village in the Kazaure Local Government Area of the state died on Wednesday after falling into a dam.
The spokesman of the command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, told newsmen in Dutse on Thursday that the incident occurred around 6pm.
Jinjiri said the deceased fell into the dam while trying to escape arrest from personnel of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, who raided the area suspected to be a hideout for drug peddlers.
He explained that as a result, some angry youths attacked the NDLEA officials and set their office ablaze.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted Jinjiri to have said, “On Wednesday around 6pm, we received a call that some youths had set the NDLEA office in Kazaure ablaze.
“Our officers moved to the scene immediately and rescued the office from being burnt down. However, the youth injured one of the NDLEA personnel.
“The NDLEA officials raided a place close to a dam in the area, where youths were suspected to be smoking Indian hemp and taking other drugs.
“And in the process, one of them, identified as Abubakar Lawan, aged 25, of Shaiskawa village, fell into the dam and drowned.
“As a result of that, some of the youth followed and attacked the personnel, as well as set their office ablaze.
“However, it was only part of the office that was affected.”
The police spokesman added that no arrest had been made so far in connection with the incident.
According to him, investigation into the case is ongoing with a view to arresting the perpetrators of the crime.