Adamawa hunters stage protest over death of member in police custody | Dailytrust

Adamawa hunters stage protest over death of member in police custody

FILE PHOTO: Hunters

Dozens of armed members of Adamawa State Hunters Association on Tuesday barricaded major roads leading to the state Police headquarters in Yola to protest the extra judicial killing of one of their member.

The deceased, Ali Abdullahi, was arrested over alleged car theft and detained at Doubeli Police station where he was believed to have been tortured to coma before he was taken to Yola Specialists Hospital where he eventually died on Monday.

A source told Daily Trust that when the suspect collapsed at the police station, the police refused all appeals from his relatives to take him to hospital until the next day.

The protesting hunters who took to the street today to register their anger thronged the area around police headquarters, prompting deployment of armoured vehicles by the police authority.

The secretary of the hunters association, Jibrilla Ahmad Modi who addressed journalists shortly after a meeting with the Police said the deceased was tortured to death after he was wrongly accused of car theft.

According to him, the police wrongly arrested the deceased, Ali Abdullahi.

It took the intervention of the military leadership in the state to calm the angry hunters who were armed with Dane guns to vacate the road.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Othman Abubakar, said the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Doubeli station have been removed while four investigations officers were in detention at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) in Yola over the incident.