VIGILANTE MEMBERS TORTURE 28-YEAR-OLD MAN TO DEATH
It was gathered that the incident which occurred last Friday night, provoked the youths in the area who threatened to go on a reprisal attack on the vigilante group but were calmed down by the elders in the area who swiftly intervened in the matter and pleased with them to allow the Police to wade into the matter.
He narrated further that, “The leader of the Yan Kwamiti (vigilante group) called Malam Abbas, sent his boys to go and arrest my son who was busy in his place of work, just because they asked the man who was alleged to have stolen the goat whether he knows Hassan and he said yes he knows him.”
Sarkin Pawa Wada further explained that “after that, they brought another issue of a stolen ram which my son knows nothing about. Malam Abbas fined them N10,000 and the other people paid N7,000, and after they left, they (vigilante group) killed my son. When they killed him, they made away with his money and his handsets.”
Sarkin Pawa Wada added that the DPO swiftly acted by sending his men to go and see what was happening and on getting there, they took his son to the hospital where he was confirmed dead by a Doctor saying that the corpse has been released to them by the Police for burial according to Islamic rites as agreed by them.
While accusing the leader of the Committee for ordering the torturing of his son to death, Sarkin Pawa Wada said that the Police has assured them that decisive action would be taken against the suspects.
She said: “When I came out, I heard them saying climb and let’s go. So, when I peeped I saw that it was my son lying lifeless. I was shocked and I started praying. I called my neighbours to come and see my son lying lifeless. At that time they had gone.”
According to her, the vigilante group people that brought her son’s corpse came on a motorcycle adding that she did not see their faces except their backs as they went away.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubakar, confirmed the incident to newsmen describing the incident as very unfortunate.
Datti Abubakar, who is a Deputy Superintendent of Police, said that the Police has so far arrested the leader of the Community Committee, Abdulmumini Abbas and four other members in connection with the incident and are currently undergoing investigations after which they will be charged to court for prosecution if found culpable.
The Police Spokesman also warned committee members and members of the public to desist from taking the law into their hands, saying, “once somebody is suspected, he should be arrested and brought to the police so that we will do full investigations and subsequently charge the suspects to court if found culpable.”
The Police Spokesman said: “Even the Police don’t have the power to execute anybody for committing any crime, the power lies with the court, it is the court that will determine whether the person has committed the offence or not.”
@ Nigerian Tribune