The family of a 25-year-old tailor, Muhammed Bashir, are demanding justice after he was allegedly beaten to death by a policeman attached to the Kofare Police Outpost, Yola, Adamawa State for allegedly buying a stolen clothes.
It was gathered that two unidentified men brought clothes to Bashir, for which he reportedly made an advance payment of N1,500.
Speaking on the incident, a family member, Mustapha Ribadu, who spoke to the media, claimed that Bashir was arrested and beaten to a coma by an officer, identified simply as Kaka, at the police post before he was rushed to a nearby clinic.
“The police handcuffed and took him to the police post on Friday. On Saturday, his elder brother went to the station to give him food and was also detained and locked up in a different cell. “The elder brother heard when Muhammed was crying while the officers were torturing him on August 12.
“They beat him until he was exhausted. When the officers sensed that something was wrong, they took him to a nearby clinic. The clinic rejected him, saying the case was too severe for them to handle. “They took him to a health facility in the barracks, but the doctor there rejected him too. From there, he was moved to the Yola Specialist Hospital where he spent some days.
“He was transferred from the specialist hospital to the FMC, Yola, where he died around 3.30am on August 18.” Ribadu, who alleged that the officers did not investigate the alleged theft before torturing Bashir, urged the state command to serve justice on the erring officers.
“The police have no right to torture someone; their duty is to investigate cases reported,”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Ibrahim, is yet to respond on the issue as at press time.