As a law-abiding citizen, Malam Nasiru Abdulkadir Madobi took his 26-year-old son to a police station of their group for interrogation over a neighbourhood gang battle he was alleged to have been concerned in. Little did he know that his expensive son would pay closely for his motion as the police allegedly tortured him until he died.
According to Daily Trust , the method of the interrogation, verbal altercation ensued between the boy and policemen, a scenario that made the officers on responsibility to descend on him, beating him to stupor, which later led to his death.
Narrating what occurred, Madobi mentioned his son was not at residence when one police officer named Haruna got here in search of him. He agreed to take him to the station at any time when he returned.
“I called my son on phone and he came. He was about to take tea, but I pressed on him until he abandoned it and I took him to the police station,” he mentioned.
He added that on reaching the station, he found that the complainant was his pal’s youngster, who expressed disappointment on the extent the difficulty had gone.
The sufferer was requested to go behind the counter for detention. In the method of making an attempt to search him, an altercation ensued as the boy insisted that there was no want for the search as he had solely N50 and his telephone, which he introduced out of his pocket. As a results of this, one of many policemen on the counter, identified as Dan-Bichi, slapped him and he retaliated.
In the method, different policemen on the counter, together with Haruna, Dan-Bichi, Takalmin-Zomo and one Mustapha began beating him with golf equipment and sticks till he turned unconscious.
Madobi added that even in an unconscious state, the divisional crime officer of the police outpost tear-gassed his late youngster.
He mentioned that as a result of he couldn’t stand the sight of the beating and couldn’t rescue his youngster, he left the station in tears.
Narrating his expertise on the police station, the sufferer’s elder brother, Malam Ahmad Rufa’i Nasiru, who went to see him when his father went residence, mentioned, “By the time I bought to the police station, our father had left. I met a few of the policemen on the gate and I went in after greeting them. Inside, I noticed the divisional police officer (DPO) and greeted him as properly. To my shock, I noticed one Sergeant Sabiu Saleh beating my brother mercilessly with firewood. The divisional crime officer (DCO) of the police station additionally took half in torturing my brother. The boy was virtually stripped bare.
“The boy screamed and pleaded for mercy, but they continued manhandling him. I moved closer and intervened, telling Sabiu that if he died he would be held responsible, but he did not stop. At that point, the crime officer, who hails from southern Zaria, stopped beating the boy.”
He additional narrated that when he found that his brother had fainted, he ran to the divisional police officer and pleaded with him to permit him take the younger man to hospital at Kwankwaso city, however the he didn’t utter a phrase.
According to him, at that time, he left the police station and went to Kano metropolis to see his youthful sister and her husband to inform them her of what occurred. Subsequently, they known as one Sergeant Bashir Tanko, who’s connected to Bompai police headquarters however was not on responsibility on the time. He joined them they usually went to Madobi to plead with the divisional police officer, who mentioned Sabiu was the individual in control of the case and he was the one to take decision.
“We met Sabiu in his office, but he asked me to excuse them as he wanted to talk to his colleague. No sooner than I left the office than Sabiu followed me and said, ‘You have come with a policeman, the DPO needs some money and we cannot discuss money issue with our colleague.’ I told him that my concern was to take the boy to the hospital because of the situation he was in, but Sabiu did not tell me that they had already taken him boy to the hospital; instead, he said the DPO was demanding N20,000 from us. I told him that all I had on me was N10,000 and my plan was to take the boy to the hospital, but he insisted that I should give him that money so that he would plead with the DPO. I said I could not give him all the money as we needed something for our transportation, so I gave him N8,000,” he mentioned.
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He alleged that Sabiu collected the cash and met the DPO, who was in his workplace. But he didn’t know what transpired between Sabiu and the DPO in his workplace. However, Sabiu later got here out and requested Sgt Bashir to go in and thank the DPO for his kindness.
“It was then that Sabiu informed us that the boy was taken to Akilu Hospital in Madobi and we should go and choose him there. At the hospital we noticed him however he seemed lifeless. I took his hospital card, the place it was written that he was referred to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano.
“When I noticed the scenario, I mentioned I might not take him anyplace because the police took him to the hospital and dumped him there, even when the physician referred him to the next facility. But Sgt Bashir mentioned he had an endeavor that he had collected him already, so we should strive to save the lifetime of the boy. He promised that no matter occurred he would temporary the commissioner of police at Bompai.
“We took him to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, where they decided to conduct a CT scan on him, but even at that time, his mouth was foaming. After all the payments, the boy passed away at 1am, before the scan was done,” he narrated amidst tears.
Mallam Rufa’i alleged that once they requested for the report of the reason for his brother’s death, the hospital informed them that solely the police might gather the report in the event that they utilized for it.
“We took the corpse and determined to take it to the DPO the next morning, however our father mentioned we should take coronary heart and bury our brother, which we did. The commissioner of police even despatched his representatives to condole with us, assuring us that they’d take all vital actions on the matter.
“We had been requested to go and provides our statement. After that, we went for a trial, and to my biggest shock, on the trial, Sabiu was asking if I used to be conscious that the boy was possessed by an evil spirit. I informed him that we had by no means heard of something shut to that in his whole life.
“At this level, I started to lose hope that there can be justice on this case as the police promised, taking into account that they had been making an attempt to relate it with an evil spirit. Another factor that made us start to lose confidence within the police was the statement made by their public relations officer in Kano on Pyramid FM on Monday on a programme aired between 9 and 9:30am, the place he mentioned the boy was discharged from the hospital earlier than he died.
“Again, at the trial, the DPO of Gwale, Mannir Madugu, who was supposed to be like a judge, was the one telling Sabiu the kind of questions he should ask me. I raised an objection, but he said it was their job, and since I am not a policeman, I kept quiet,” he mentioned.
On his half, the village head of Madobi, Alhaji Umar Mahmud, mentioned that even earlier than the incident, residents of Madobi weren’t pleased with the way in which Sgt Sabiu was extorting cash from them over minor offences. He added that the DPO in query had no good human relation with the people of the city.
He, due to this fact, known as on all of the authorities involved to be certain that justice is completed in order that it will serve as deterrent to different legislation enforcement brokers. He described the incident as nice injustice by the police.
When contacted, the spokesman of the police, Kano State command, ASP Abdullahi Haruna, confirmed the incident and mentioned it was below investigation. He mentioned the 5 law enforcement officials who had been on responsibility on the day of the incident had been going through trial.
“The five policemen who were on duty on that day have been arrested and investigation is ongoing. The moment investigation is concluded we will charge them to court if they are found wanting,” he mentioned.