Trigger-happy cop shoots dead 7 farmers in Adamawa

An Assistant Superintendent of police is in the net for allegedly killing seven farmers in Adamawa State. He was said to have tied up his victims before pumping hot leads into them. It was also alleged that the trigger-happy cop had killed four people earlier.

Yesterday, the Adamawa State Police Command confirmed the arrest of the police officer. The arrest followed a petition by a Civil Society Organization, Progressive Mind for Development Initiate.

The petition signed by the president of the organization, Abubakar Abdulsalam, alleged that the officer committed the offence on November 23, 2017. It indicated that the police officer, while in charge of Safer Highways Patrol Team, arrested the farmers, who were working on their farms at the outskirts of Gombi town, tied them and shot them to death.

The petition further alleged that the same officer had on April 30, 2016, while in charge of a police outpost in Kem village, Shelleng Local Government Area of the state, killed four people suspected of committing robbery.

“We, as a concerned organization, consider the act of the suspect (policeman) as an act against the provision of the constitution and infringement on the fundamental rights of the people in question. If such act is not checked, it will continue to spread like wild fire and eventually Nigeria will be unsafe for its citizens,” it added. Spokesman of Adamawa Police Command, Othman Abubakar, said the policeman had been arrested and detained as investigation continues into the case.

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