By SUZAN EDEH
BAUCHI — A 65-year-old man from Yashi village in Duguri district of Alkaleri Local Government Area, Bauchi State, Alhaji Bala Adamu, has demanded N11million as compensation for the alleged torture to death of his son by the police over alleged defamation of character.
Adamu who was accompanied by the state officer of the Bauchi State Legal Aid Council, Mr Muhammad Hanbal, alleged that his 25-year-old son, Bala Babangida, was tortured to death by the police while in detention.
He alleged that his son was severely beaten by one Musa Abdul, a policeman while in cell at the Maina Maji Police outpost in Alkaleri Local Government Area, which subsequently led to his death.
In his account, the aggrieved old man said the problem started when one Dan Bauchi, a resident of Yashi, reported his son at the police station in Alkaleri on July 23, 2008 for allegedly defaming him.
According to him, “soon after my son was arrested, the village head of Yashi, Alhaji Ibrahim Saleh, went to the police station to secure his bail but the police refused to grant his request, so I took it upon my self to secure his bail.
“On reaching the police station, I was able to secure bail for my son, but I could not recognize him because he had been badly tortured. His younger brother had to carry him home because he was too weak to walk. My son managed to take a bath and I tried to find out from him why he was arrested and tortured.
“He told me that Musa, the policeman was the one that tortured him and that he was innocent of the allegations levelled against him by the said Dan Bauchi. He said the policeman kept beating and marching him in the cell.”
The man further said that he went to the police station the next day to ask the police to accompany his son to the hospital but the police refused hence he had to seek the help of a lawyer who stood as a guarantor before his son was admitted at the Specialist Hospital, Bauchi where he died.