Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State yesterday ordered a probe into the alleged murder of a 17-year-old schoolboy by a military-led joint security task force, Operation Farauta in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State.
Abdallah, a senior secondary student died on Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Moddibo Adama Teaching Hospital in Yola from injuries he sustained from torture after a neighbour lodged a complaint over a missing phone.
A press release signed by Humwashi Wonosikou, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor indicated that Fintiri had directed the commissioner of police in the state to open an investigation into the matter with a view to prosecuting those found wanted.
“Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has ordered the police commissioner to investigate the alleged murder of Abdallah said to have been tortured by operatives of the security apparatus code named “Operation Farauta,” the statement read.
The statement therefore commiserated with the family of the deceased while calling for calm, stressing that the government would ensure justice in the case.
The deceased family lawyer, Dr Abubakar Hamman Diram told Daily Trust that personnel of Operation Farauta had arrested Abdallah on 5th August and beat him until he became unconscious after another boy who confessed to stealing the phone claimed to have handed it to the deceased, an allegation Abdullahi denied.
Also contacted by our correspondent, the deceased father, Dr Tukur Abba said a case had been instituted against the complainant and those who tortured his son to death.
Operation Farauta, which is led by the military, comprised soldiers, police, operatives of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).