Policeman kills tailor over alleged stolen clothes

The family of a 25 – year – old tailor , Muhammed Bashir , has demanded justice after he was allegedly beaten to death by a policeman attached to the Kofare Police Outpost , Yola , Adamawa State.

Report learnt that Bashir was eating with his brother at their house when the policemen arrested him on August 10 for allegedly buying stolen clothes .

It was gathered that two unidentified men brought clothes to Bashir , for which he reportedly made an advance payment of N 1, 500.

A representative of the family , Mustapha Ribadu, who spoke to

Report, 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 .

He said , “ 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 . 30 am 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, ” Ribadu said .

The state Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Ibrahim, did not pick his calls and had yet to respond to a text message from our correspondent as of the time of filing this report .

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