Crashed ‘drone’ causes panic in Kaduna

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Isa Sa’idu, Zaria

A fly­ing ob­ject sus­pected to be a spy drone crashed in Maidaro vil­lage in Ki­dan­dam district of Giwa LGA of Kaduna State yes­ter­day, caus­ing ap­pre­hen­sion among res­i­dents.

The district head of Ki­dan­dam and tra­di­tional ti­tle holder of Kaiga­man Zaz­zau, Al­haji Umaru, told Daily Trust that he saw the ob­ject be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the Kaduna state po­lice com­mand head­quar­ters.

“I saw the ‘ plane’ with my eyes. It is so small that one hand can carry it. People be­came ap­pre­hen­sive think­ing that it was one of the planes be­ing used to con­vey weapons to the people ter­ror­is­ing our ar­eas,” Al­haji Umar said.

When con­tacted, the spokesman of the Kaduna State po­lice com­mand, SP Aminu Lawal, con­firmed the in­ci­dent, say­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion would de­ter­mine the sta­tus of the ob­ject.

“It is not some­thing se­ri­ous, but you need to visit the area yourself and in­ter­view the per­son that saw the ‘toy’ in his farm. It is not re­ally a ‘toy’ be­cause it has some­thing that looks like en­gine with some coils. It is just people that are ex­ag­ger­at­ing it but in­ves­ti­ga­tion will re­veal its true sta­tus,” SP Lawa said.

An ex­pert in the avi­a­tion in­dus­try said: “Spy drones are usu­ally very small and we call them un­manned drones. You can use one hand to lift them, and they are be­ing con­trolled from the ground. It is pos­si­ble that what was found at that vil­lage may be a spy drone. The au­thor­i­ties should en­sure a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion not to rush in con­demn­ing what was found as toy,” he said.

A source at the emir of Zaz­zau’s palace told our cor­re­spon­dent that the district head of Ki­dan­dam, Al­haji Umaru, was at the palace to sub­mit a re­port on the in­ci­dent to the Emir of Zaz­zau, Al­haji Shehu Idris.

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