Victim’s father demands justice for son. A Divisional Police Officer (name withheld) of Twon Township Police Station has been alleged of torturing two chicken thieves to death while he broke the legs of one Abdulwahab Bello. Abdulwahab accussed the DPO of torturing two of his friends to death with a piston while he broke two of his legs after they were arrested by the Police over theft of chickens belonging to a retired Police Officer.
The victim who narrated his ordeal to pressmen at the NUJ Secretariat alongside his father and a human right group, PIDI-NIGERIA was seen supported by pillow on a tricycle said that the incident occurred some days ago after their arrest. He explained that two of his friends –Ibrahim Kapala and Ibrahim Babangida asked of where the chickens could be sold while he told them to go to Muda Lawal Market. “I didn’t know that they were stolen chickens”, he added.
He said in a while, he was arrested with his two friends and taken to the Police Station where the buyer of the chicken was also arrested and the matter was settled and they were asked to pay for stolen chickens. “They said that we should pay the money for the two chickens and my father brought the N4,000 to them and the DPO told my father to go that they will release me. We came out and he asked us to go to the back of the Police station and we did and he asked us to lie down on the ground with our stomachs, so he ordered that the first person that died, Ibrahim Kapala, should be tied.
“When the DPO asked his other Policemen to tie him and I was watching with my eyes while they tied him. When they tied him, he went into his office and brought out a piston and as soon as he got to where he was, he started hitting Ibrahim with it and broke his right leg and then broke his left leg. Some of the Police were there and none of them could say a word. “While he was beating him, he was saying that ‘today, stealing of chickens has ended’ and he continued beating him and he fainted. After he fainted, he started hitting him with his shoe even though he was motionless.
The DPO said to him, ‘are you dead? It is even better that you have died’ and he ordered that the second person be brought to him. Immediately he was brought, he descended on him also and broke his leg and then he took that piston and started hitting him with it on his chest and his back, he too fainted.” Abdulwahab said that while his friends were being beaten, he knew the DPO would do the same thing to him and he had concluded that he was dead.
He said: “While that was happening, I just concluded that since that was happening to my friends, the same beaten and treatment would be done to me. My thought was that they would kill me too because my friend was lying down there motionless and he was telling him to die, so I just gave up and was waiting for his time.” He also denied allegations by the Police that they were serial thieves who have been terrorising residents of the area and other areas saying that “anybody that told you that I have been doing that is lying to you.”
The father of the victim, Alhaji Bello Muhktar, who spoke with journalists, accused the DPO of taking the laws into his hands. He petitioned the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to Investigate the matter and ensure that the DPO who allegedly murdered the two young men and inflicted serious life-threatening injuries on his son, Abdulwahab, is brought to book. “For the Police to do this kind of thing, one day, this nation will not know peace. When a Policeman takes the laws into his hands and kills your son, tomorrow, if you see him, what would you do to him? You too might take the laws into your hands. Just as he killed your son, you’ll also want to do the same to him.
“Because of this, I am pleading with the Inspector General of Police to take action on this type of Policemen. “What I have spent so far in treating him is more than N50,000. This has not been easy with me at all and one of his sisters has also been helpful in footing his medical bills.” Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations in the State, Ahmad Wakili said he could not comment on the incident while asking our reporters to go and do investigation. “You don’t just come here in my office and be asking questions as if Police is a department”, he said.