AIG detains five officers, four villagers over professor ’s death



THE Assistant Inspector General of Police, in charge of Zone 1, AIG Tambari Yabo Muhammed yesterday denied Police involvement in the murder of Prof. Ahmad Mustapha Falaki at Fala village, along Kano-Jos Expressway.

He, however, revealed that five policemen, who were at the scene of the incident, have been detained for exhibiting negligence while they were expected to discharge their entrusted responsibility.

He also hinted that four villagers, who were allegedly involved in the mob attack on the late Professor were in the police net.

Former Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abbas had directed the AIG in charge of the zone to investigate the killing of Falaki.

Prof. Ahmad Mustapha Falaki of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in company of his brother, Abbas Falaki and his driver Lawan Ahmad, were killed four months ago by suspected villagers, who mistook them for Boko Haram members at Fala village, Tudun Wada Local Council in Kano.

Sources said Falaki was returning from Yadagungume village in Ningi Local Council of Bauchi State and had a stopover to change a deflated tyre of his white Toyota Hilux van before the incident occurred.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had earlier accused the police of shooting Falaki to death after declaring him and his companions as suspected members of the insurgency group.

Addressing journalists at the zonal headquarters in Kano, Tambari insisted that, “Prof. Falaki and two other persons were attacked by the insurgents at that point where their vehicle was forcefully snatched and later failed in the hands of the youths who mistook them for members of the insurgence.”

The AIG said: “Five policemen, who were in mufti when the incident occurred, were overwhelmed by the over 2,000 mob that carried out the dastardly act of lynching Falaki, following the mistake of identity that they were insurgents. But based on the negligence of these five policemen, who were in mufti, from Kibiya and Rano Police Divisions, we have arrested them and they are being tried and appropriate punishment would be meted on each one of them.”

According to him: “Investigations revealed that the corpse of the late Professor was taken to Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital, Kano, where a postmortem was conducted and the medical doctor, who carried out the investigation said the Prof. Falaki died of multiple scars and laceration from assault.”

Yabo further stated that after the lynching by the villagers, who used sticks and clubs, his brother, Abbas, was also assaulted as a result of which he sustained injuries on his forehead and on his eye, while the driver, Lawal, fled to safety in one of the houses around the village.

Muhammed said: “All the suspects have already been charged to court for the offences of culpable homicide, punishable by death under Section 221 of the Penal Code, causing grevious harm, unlawful assembly armed with deadly weapons and joint action while investigation is still ongoing.”

Meanwhile, the AIG has expressed his condolence to the family of Prof. Falaki and the Ahmadu Bello University community for the untimely death of their loved one.

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