A report monitored recently on BBC Hausa by a Twitter user has revealed that a DPO in Bauchi State has tortured two men to death and left a 3rd seriously injured for allegedly stealing seven chickens.
The twitter user Bulama Bukarti made this known in a tweet.
He said the victims were arrested for allegedly stealing seven chickens. They had sold the chickens to a man, who was also arrested but was ordered by the police to pay N2,000 each for thirteen chickens, instead of seven chickens he had bought from the suspects.
The suspects were also ordered by the DPO to pay N4,000 each.
Bulama said that the DPO had promised the parents of the suspects that he would release them as soon as the payments are made.
The DPO reneged on his promise and ordered that the suspects be tied up and mercilessly beaten. He was also reported to have told the suspects to be chanting “stealing has ended” in Hausa.
One of the suspects died instantly, while the second died of head and neck injuries in a hospital. The third is presently nursing some injuries.
The mother of the suspect that died in the hospital related to BBC Hausa service how her son had died in the hospital.
The matter has been reportedly taken up by the Bauchi State Police Command. A committee has been set up to investigate the matter.
Reports however revealed that the DPO has not been relieved of his duties.
When pressed by BBC, the police spokesman said “You can’t arrest a senior policeman, the person in question is still the DPO of the station”.
Bulama further said that “Incidents like this are all too common in Nigeria. I call on the Nigerian Police to take over this matter. The DPO must be investigated and prosecuted for culpable homicide in a transparent way”.
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, they’d say ‘hold on’. This morning, BBC Hausa did a story on how a DPO in Bauchi tortured two men to DEATH and left the 3rd with FIVE fractures for allegedly stealing seven CHICKENS. Here’s what happened according the surviving victim:— Bulama Bukarti (@bulamabukarti) August 15, 2020