A Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Bauchi has been accused of causing the death of two people after torturing three for allegedly stealing seven chickens.
BBC Hausa in a report had disclosed that the Police had arrested one Abdulwahab Bello and two of his friends who died as a result of the as a result of the injuries sustained from the beating by the Police.
Abdulwahab, who is the only surviving amongst the arrested three friends had in a report by the BBC that he had accompanied two of his friends to the market to sell seven chicken.
The victims according to the report, were arrested for allegedly stealing seven chickens. The man they sold them to was sommoned and ordered to pay N2,000 each for thirteen, instead of seven chickens, and he did. The suspects were ordered by the DPO to pay N4,000 and their parents paid a total of N12,000.
The DPO was said to have told the parents to go; that he’d release the suspects later. But was reported to have ordered his officers to tie the suspects up and beat them, which led to the death of the first suspect.
The second was reported to have died of head and neck injuries in a hospital, while the third is said to be nursing five fractures including two on the knees of each leg.
Bulama Bukarti, an analyst and human rights lawyer had in a series of tweets on his twitter handle condemned the action of the Police officer involve and called on the DPO to be investigated and prosecuted for culpable homicide in a transparent way.
“Incidents like this are all too common in Nigeria, as well as their sheer corruption, that police’s bad reputation in the eyes of Nigerians. I call on the@PoliceNG to take over this matter. The DPO must be investigated and prosecuted for culpable homicide in a transparent way.”
Cases of Human Right abuse by the Police is rampant in Nigeria.
The National Human Rights Commission in April reported that police personnel carried out 18 extra-judicial killings between March 30 and April 13, 2020. The Executive Secretary of the commission, Tony Ojukwu, expressed concern over the development, noting that the death toll from police killings exceeded that of COVID-19.
“While the new coronavirus has killed 11 patients, security forces have extra-judicially executed 18 people to enforce the orders,” he said, adding that the killings were carried out by the policemen enforcing the COVID-19 restriction order of the Federal Government.
Ojukwu also disclosed that the commission received 105 complaints about human rights violations during the period. The cases were recorded in 24 out of the 36 states, including Lagos, Ogun and Abuja.
Apart from physical violence, some operatives have also been accused of sexual molestation and abuse. Last week, a widow accused a police officer identified as Peter Ebah, attached to the Saakpenwaa Police Division in the Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State of detaining and raping her at a guest house after she was arrested for not wearing a face mask.
“the only surviving is the only youth to have survived the alleged torture by a police officer. Two of his friends died as a result of beatings and injuries allegedly committed by a senior police officer at the charging office.