Members of the Adamawa State Hunters Association took to the streets of Yola, the state capital, on Tuesday, to protest over the death of one of their members who was alleged to have been beaten by policemen.
The hunters claimed that the dead hunter, by name, Awal Babaiyali, was taken away into police custody for some question sessions, by the police over a car that was stolen. And that the police ended up killing him without giving him a chance to speak for himself.
The Hunters Association, their secretary, Jibril Ahmed spoke on behalf of the association saying that, their dead member was brutally beaten up when he was being interrogated by the police. And as a result, he contracted some internal injuries which caused his death at the Specialist Hospital Jimeta Yola North Local Government Area.
As Naijauto.com learnt, the Hunters came out en masse carrying sticks and amulets and marching straight to Central Yola police headquarters. They threatened to burn the police headquarters down and also demanded that the corpse should be released. Meanwhile, the hospital asked for N150,000 over the body of the deceased hunter.
Car thieves need to be punished but beating them is unacceptable
An eye witness gave a proper account of how it happened. He said, the police came to the suspect's house on Sunday by 1.00 am and arrested him over a car that was parked at his residence two months ago which has been stolen. The witness said, the suspect received the first beating on the day he was arrested, while his family watched the drama before the police men took him with them.
The Police Public Relation Officer, Adamawa State, Othman Abubakar who is a police superintendent, confirmed the hunter's death. He went further to say the police believes the death wasn't intended and that they've taken some steps to sort the issue out. He also said the police officers who dealt with the suspect are being interrogated.
Here's what he said.
We are very much on what happened yesterday (Monday) at the Dougeri Division (of the Nigeria Police) when (someone died in police custody). The person that died was a principal suspect. When the arrest was made and he was being interrogated, along the line it was discovered that he had a disease that was not earlier detected. He died at the hospital where he was taken.
Immediately, the Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Audu Madaki, directed the arrest of all those involved in the interrogation and the DPO was directed to report at the police headquarters and another police officer has taken his place. The matter is still under investigation and we are going to make our findings known to the public. We appeal for patience as everything will be done for justice to prevail.
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