2 suspects arrested over ABU professor’s death

by Ranti Joseph

The Bauchi State Police Command on Wednesday has announced the arrest of two persons over the killing of Professor Ahmad Falaki, the Director, Institute of Agriculture Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria.

The varsity don was killed by a mob, who mistook him for a Boko Haram member. Falaki was reportedly killed by some villagers, who mistook him for a Boko Haram member.

Last weekend, suspected Boko Haram members attacked the Kibiya police station and engaged policemen in a gun battle. On Sunday, policemen and villagers confirmed that two of the sect members were killed while running away from their botched operation to sack the police station.

The Kano police spokesman, Magaji Musa Majia, said that two Boko Haram members, who attacked the police station in Kibiya were killed. “The insurgents, who rode on three motorcycles, were ambushed by villagers who were alerted by the sporadic gunshots. They lynched one of the militants and arrested two others. Our men killed one earlier during the attack at the police station”, he said.

Unfortunately, it turned out that the suspected militant, who was lynched by the villagers was Falaki and the two persons arrested and tagged Boko Haram members were his brother, Abbas Mustapha, a retired school head master in Doguwa LGA and the second was the late don’s official driver, Lawal Ahmad.

Announcing the arrest of the killers, state police spokesman, Haruna Mohammed, told journalists in Bauchi that the suspects confessed to the crime. “Gunmen suspected to be armed robbers numbering about four snatched a white Toyota Hilux with registration number 45H 07FG, property of the Institute of Agricultural Research, ABU, Zaria. The suspects snatched the vehicle at gunpoint from Professor Mustapha Falaki around Sumaila LGA after attacking Kibiya police station in Kano State. In a bid to escape, the hoodlums passed through Burra town in Ningi LGA of Bauchi State. Because the police were after them, they abandoned the vehicle, snatched a motorcycle and escaped into the bush. The entire surrounding was cordoned off by a combined team of security personnel and two persons were arrested. They confessed to have killed the professor and snatched the Hilux vehicle,” he said.

He gave the names of the suspects as Mohammed Musa, 32, and Jamilu Idris, 33 years old.

Mohammed said exhibits recovered include one long range riot gun, six smoke cartridges and a blood stained Toyota Hilux vehicle with registration no 45H 07FG. “Investigation is in progress and efforts are being intensified to apprehend other fleeing suspects. We urge members of the public with useful information to assist the police”, he said.

Another suspect was later arrested by the Bauchi State Police Command in connection with the killing of Professor Mustapha Falaki of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, who made the announcement, said further investigation led to the arrest of the suspect, Lawan Ali, 30.

The arrest of the Borno State indigene brings to three the number of people arrested so far over the incident.

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