Police operatives in Kano State have arrested an Almajiri school teacher for torturing an 8-year old pupil of his.
The Kano State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Abdullahi Kiyawa, today in a statement, confirmed the arrest.
TheFact Nigeria learns that the police Command, on Tuesday, 29 March, 2022, received a report from the Managing Director, Kano State Agency for Evacuation and Repatriation of Beggars, that an 8-year old Almajiri schoolboy had been brought to the Agency by one Mallam Usaini Uba.
According to Uba, the boy, identified as Muhammad Garba, was found roaming around a culvert, near Kofar Mata Quarters Kano, with scar marks all over his body, believed to be the result of suspected torture.
Upon receipt of the report, the Police Chief in the State, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised a team of detectives led by SP Umar Sa’id Abdullahi, with instructions to carry out an extensive investigation.
The team immediately swung into action, the victim was rushed to Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital Kano, where he was treated and discharged.
Preliminary investigation revealed that, the victim, who hails from Nguru, Yobe State, escaped to Kano by train because of severe beatings given to him by his Almajiri School teacher, whom he identified as Ma’aruf Muhammad.
Sustained efforts and prolonged follow-up led to the arrest of the school teacher, aged 24, and who hails from Garbi Quarters, Nguru LGA, Yobe State. He was nabbed at a hideout in Toro LGA, Bauchi State.
Upon further discreet investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime, saying that he uses a USB cable wire to beat the victim on several occasions after removing his shirt. He explained further that the child was brought to him by the grandmother of the child, one 65-year old Talle Muhammad, who was subsequently arrested, along with the father of the victim.
Kiyawa said that the suspects will be charged to court upon completion of the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, while strongly reemphasizing that criminals will have no hiding place in the State, advised such miscreants to either repent or leave the State completely.
He further urged residents to continue to pray for the State, the Nation, especially in this holy month of Ramadan, and report incidences to the nearest Police Station, and not to take laws into their hands.
He assured that rigorous patrol, raids of criminal hideouts and black spots will continue throughout the State, as the Command will sustain the ongoing “Operation Puff Adder” that is yielding positive results.