The Katsina State Police Command has confirmed the death of a young man, identified as Yari Inusa, while competing with another suitor over a lady.
The incident happened at Durmin Biri village, in the Kafur Local Government Area of Katsina State.
According to the Police spokesman, DSP Gambo Isah, the man died following injuries he sustained on the head when he engaged in a Fulani traditional game of Sharo with another man, Ahmed Saidu, to determine who would marry the lady.
Sharo game entails two male suitors flogging each other for a woman’s hand in marriage. Whoever wins between them will marry the girl.
Inusa had reportedly flogged Saidu without any incident, but tragedy struck when it was the turn of Saidu to flog Inusa.
Saidu allegedly hit Inusa on the head, instead of hitting him on the back as the rules of the game dictates.
Inusa was said to have fainted after he was hit on the head and eventual died.
DSP Gambo said: “Inusa’s father, who gave his name as Mallam, reported the incident to the police, leading to the arrest of Saidu.”
He said Inusa’s corpse had been released to the family and buried according to Islamic rites.