The Prison Inmate Development Initiative (PIDI-Nigeria) has accused some Officers and men in the Bauchi State Police State Command of allegedly torturing two suspected chicken thieves to death.
A third suspect also allegedly tortured is critically injured and receiving treatment in hospital.
PIDI made this call in a petition dated 23rd July, 2020, signed by Mbami Sabka Iliya, addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command, Lawal Jimeta
In the petition made available to journalists, PIDI alleged that the suspects stole 24 chickens from a retired Police Officer who lodged a complain at the Division.
The group requested the Commissioner of Police to charge those involved in the alleged torture, extortion and extrajudicial killing of the suspects.
It stated that the suspects were arrested following a complain against them to the Police by the retired Officer, who later came back and reported that he had found 13 of his chickens.
The alleged torture, extortion and extrajudicial killing led to the death of two of the suspects on the 21st of July, 2020, at about 9.00am
He said: “The Monitoring and Evaluation unit of PIDI-Nigeria did a thorough investigation of the case.
“From our findings, it was revealed that the three suspects namely; Ibrahim Kapala, Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulwahab Bello were alleged to have committed theft of chickens from a retired police officer who went and lodged a complaint against them.”
“They were arrested on the suspicion that they committed theft by carting away 24 chickens, however, the complainant later came back and reported that he has found 13 out of his chickens.
“Also, from our findings, it shows that the victims were alleged to have confessed carting away only five chickens and they also took the police to the buyer which led to his arrest.
“The available information made known to us show that the said buyer had already slaughtered one out of the 5 chickens while the remaining four were recovered,” the letter read in part
“However, despite fulfilling the bail condition, they were denied bail and thereafter the Police subjected them to inhuman and degrading torture.
“Due to the torture, one Ibrahim Kapala (27) lost his life in the process. Due to severe torture, one Ibrahim Babangida also injured his spinal cord, neck, two arms and left leg. Then Abdulwahab Bello lost his two legs due to thorough torture.
“Findings shows that they were thereafter dumped in their respective homes and were tagged armed robbers. Our investigation also shows that the Policemen denied beating them and claimed that it was those they went to rob that killed Ibrahim Kapala.
“The investigation carried out shows that Ibrahim Babangida was placed on life support in State Specialist Hospital in Bauchi but we received a call from his parents that he could not survive it and later gave up the ghost today being 23rd July, 2020 in the morning.
“On the other hand, Abdulwahab Bello was left at home with his legs rotten, head and body filled with bruises as there is no money for him to be taken to hospital.”
PIDI, demanded that the Police Officers should be summoned to state who gave him the right to extort the victims, violate their fundamental rights and also torture them to the point where two of them died.
In their reaction, Bauchi State Police Command denied allegations that its personnel engaged in dehumanization leading to the death of two suspected thieves while in Police custody.