Friday, April 19, 2019

DPO, Five Cops Detained Over Extrajudicial Killing

A Divisional Police Officer and five other policemen have been arrested and detained over the torture and death of two men at the Doubelli Police Division in Yola.

The death of Abdullahi Maimatarba and a 24-year-old man, Emmanuel Nicks, in police custody had sparked outrage in the state.

Members of a vigilante group and hunter’s association had protested the alleged killing.

Shortly after a meeting with the representatives of the hunter’s association, who laid siege at the police headquarters on Tuesday, the Adamawa State Police Commissioner, Adamu Madaki ordered the recall of the DPO in charge of Doubelli Police Division, DSP Mohammed Kallam to the command headquarters.

Kallam was subsequently detained alongside five other cops in connection with the alleged torture to death of Abdullahi, a father of five, in police custody.

The Adamawa State Police Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, confirmed the development.

He said, “The DPO has been removed from his station because he was under investigation alongside five officers handling the case. DSP

Kallam’s Orderly Room trial was due to the fact that he is the supervising officer, as the DPO there.

“He has to give an account of what transpired from the beginning to the end. One of the officers being detained said the DPO was directly involved in the torture of the victim, but the investigations will ascertain who actually carried out the torture.”

Nicks Kaino, the father of the 24-year-old, who died under strange circumstances in police custody had alleged a cover-up by police authorities.