IGP ready for investigation into death of Kano professor who was killed after being mistaken for Boko Haram leader

February 24, 2015 12:01 am

The Inspector General of Police has ordered a full scale investigation
into the circumstances leading to the death of a leading professor of
Agriculture at the Ahmadu Bello University ABU, Prof Ahmed Falaki who
was killed in Kano on February 15th following suspicions he was a Boko Haram leader. 

Narrating how his father
was killed, one of the sons of the late Professor said his father had set out on a journey in his official car with his
younger brother and his driver to Bauchi state on Saturday Feb. 14th to see a relative. As they were returning to Kano, his car developed a flat
Tyre in Fala village in Tudun Wada LGA of Kano State.
He said according to his father’s driver, while fixing their tyre, some
armed men riding on a motorcycle accosted them and demanded for the
keys to his SUV which he advised his driver to give to them. 
The armed
men sped off with his car. Shortly after, Fala villagers saw the three
men and accused them of being Boko Haram members. They said the prof.
was their leader and had given the vehicle
to their members.

They started beating his father, his brother and
driver and afterwards dragged them to Kibiya police station
in Kibiya Local government area of Kano state where the late professor
was accused of being a leader of the sect group. 

 

According to the driver,
despite the Professor showing them his ABU ID card, they still insisted
he was a Boko Haram leader and that his ID card was fake. The villagers
continued beating him with all kinds of weapons in the presence of the
police officers until he died inside the police station.

 

The driver
said when his boss died, the police men and the villagers started
jubilating that they had killed a Boko Haram leader. Officers of the
states Special Anti-Roberry Squad SARS afterwards came to collect his
body and dropped it off at the state hospital’s morgue while the driver
and the Professor’s brother were taken in handcuff’s to the hospital. 

 

A
search for the whereabouts of their father led the children to the state
morgue where they discovered his body. The hospital management
informed them that a SARS officer had dropped their father’s body at the
morgue. They decided to call the SARS officer to find out what had happened
and the officer told them on phone that their father
was a Boko Haram leader and that his brother and driver are suspects and
would soon be interrogated. The children immediately contacted the ABU
school authority who contacted the police to inform them that they had
killed a leading agriculturist. 

Speaking on the incident, the Kano state Police
Command PRO Majia denied any involvement of the police in the murder of
the Professor, saying that it was the villagers that killed him outside
the police station premises. According to Mr Majia, some gunmen had attacked
the villagers and in the process, two people were killed. He said the
villager,s suspecting the Professor was one of the armed men, attacked him
and killed him. 

The professor has since been buried. 

The IG has now ordered a full scale investigation into the matter. Below is a press statement from the police. 

The
Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba CFR,
NPOM, NPM, mni
, has viewed with
great concern the death in Kano, of Prof. Ahmed Falaki of the Ahmadu Bello
University Zaria. He has therefore ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of
Police in charge Zone 1, Kano, AIG Tambari Muhammed to conduct an in-depth forensic
investigation on the incident with a view to unraveling the circumstances
surrounding the attack and death of the renowned Professor of Agriculture.

Meanwhile,
some arrests have been made in connection with the incident, and the late
professor’s vehicle has been recovered in Bauchi State.

The
IGP wishes to assure the deceased’s immediate family and the general public
that the Police will do all it takes to meet the ends of justice, while
perpetrators of the unfortunate incident will not go unpunished.

  

Ag.
CP EMMANUEL C. S. OJUKWU, psc

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