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Who killed ABU Lecturer, Falak?

Posted: Jun 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

A CONTROVERSY is brewing over the police auhorities and the academic community over the killing of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria lecturer, Professor Ahmed Falak, by a gunshot allegedly fired by the police.

But, the police in Kano have denied the allegation. The Assistant Inspector-General, Zone 1, Kano, Yabo Muhammad, told journalists on Wednesday June 10, 2015 that Falaki was killed by mob action when he was mistaken for a terrorist.

Muhammad maintained that the late scholar was coming back from Bauchi State on a trip and made a stop over to change a deflated tyre.

He said Falaki’s Toyota Hilux van was then seized at gun point by fleeing insurgents.

He added that the villagers chasing the insurgents had mistook Falaki for one of the terrorists and killed him.

The AIG said Falaki, his brother and a driver, had headed to Fala village, a few metres from where their vehicle was snatched to seek assistance.

He said that the villagers initially assisted them and called residents of a neighbouring village, alerting them of the fleeing insurgents, and asking them to block the road.

Muhammad said, however, during the ensuing pandemonium Falaki had tried to identify himself to the special constabulary who had arrived the scene, displaying his identity card.

But the police officer, unable to read the contents of the ID card, suggested that the late professor, his brother and a driver, were part of the insurgents.

According to Muhammad, Falaki’s driver, Tambari, had reported that it was the suspicions of the police officer that caused panic among the villagers, leading to the mob action and eventually Falaki’s death.

The corpse of the late professor was taken to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital where an autopsy showed he had died of multiple scalp wounds stemming from the beating he received from the mob.

He said two of the actual insurgents were later tracked down in Bauchi state and are in the custody of the police.

Five suspects were arrested in connection with the brutal assault that led to the professor’s death and were charged to court for culpable homicide punishable.

As for the police officers who exhibited negligence, the AIG said appropriate punishment would be meted out to them.

However, Auwalu Yadudu, a constitutional lawyer, and the university authorities have disputed the police’s account of events. They maintained that the police killed Falaki.