Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has directed the State Human Rights Agency to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of 38-year-old Jamilu Abdullahi who was reported to have died while in the custody of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Sokoto State Command.
A statement issued by Governor Tambuwal’s spokesman, Mallam Imam Imam, stated that the Governor expressed sadness over the unfortunate incident, and vowed that the state government will get to the root of the matter.
It said the investigation will unravel the circumstances that led to the death of Jamilu Abdullahi and recommend appropriate steps to be taken to avoid future occurrence.
The statement added that the administration of Governor Tambuwal values human lives and will continue to respect the sanctity of the lives of all its citizens.
In a swift reaction, the state Commandant, Mr. Bello Musa denied the allegation by the deceased family of the involvement of his men in the killing of Abdullahi, he confirmed to news men on Saturday in his office that six of the men of NSCDC were being held and interrogated.
“I can confirm to you that six officers and men of the Command who were as at the time of the arrest and detention of the deceased are now being detained at the headquarters.
They include the Divisional Officer, the Cell Guard and four others,” he told news men.
Musa added that the Command had concluded its internal investigations and handed over its findings to the Sokoto
State Director of Public Prosecution for further necessary action.
He disclosed that the autopsy of the deceased had been carried out and his death certificate issued and that both were in the custody of the DPP.
The Commandant however said that if any or all of the detained officers were found guilty of the alleged killing of the deceased, “they would be charged to the court for prosecution.”
The deceased family had posited that Abdullahi died as a result of injuries, which he allegedly sustained as a result of torture by men of NSCDC attached to the Sokoto South local government division.


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