Family of SS3 student allegedly killed by police seeks justice

Nigeria Police Officers
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria Police Officers

The police said it is not aware of the incident

By Abdullahi Garba

The family of Hassan Ibrahim, a 14-year-old SS-3 student of Armstrong Secondary School, Kaduna, has demanded the release of the body of their son who was allegedly killed by the police.

The father of the deceased, Ibrahim Abdullahi, in a press conference on Wednesday in Kaduna said his son was killed by the police after he was arrested last Friday at Bakin Ruwa.

“Hassan was arrested alongside his other friends where he went to pass the night as a result of my scolding him to go and barb his bushy hair. The boy had never slept outside his home and had never been involved in any criminal activities,” Mr. Abdullahi said.

“His friends said they heard gunshots and decided to pip through the door to confirm where it is coming from. The police sighted them and forced the door open and arrested all of them.

“I was later alerted of the incident and was told by one plain cloth policeman at the Tudun Wada Police station that they have killed my boy and I should go and claim the corpse at 44 Military Hospital. We later realized that the corpse was not there. The corpse was later discovered at Gwamna Awan General Hospital mortuary with injuries from severe beating with an object on his head,” he added.

Mr. Abdullahi said the police refused to officially release the corpse and only asked them to go and claim it at the mortuary.

“We consider that to be inhuman and unusual. Therefore, we are seeking for justice and proper official release of the body,” he said. “My son’s life and future has been terminated, he is to write the West African Examination (WAEC) and had been helping me in my paint business. It’s really unfair and unfortunate for my boy to be killed unjustly.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Kaduna, Aminu Lawal, said he was not aware of the boy.

“We have not had somebody by the name Hassan Ibrahim,” he said.

Also, the Commissioner of Police in Kaduna, Olufemi Adenaike, said he was out of the state and would investigate the incident ad get back to journalists.

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