Tension in Jigawa community as police free murder suspect


The relatives of a man who was allegedly murdered in Ringim local government area, Jigawa state, last July, Wednesday protested the release of the alleged prime suspect by the police.

The victim, Yusuf Umar, died on 21 July, 2022 at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, 18 days after he was attacked at Amaguwa rural market in the Ringim council area.

The suspect, Ibrahim Barde, was released on 9th August, 2022 and reunited with his family in the Amaguwa community.

The chairman of the Miyatti Allah, a Fulani socio-cultural organisation in the area, Mati Jana, told reporters that tension in the community became heightened after the suspect was released as relatives of the deceased vowed to avenge his death.

“I saw him Tuesday after he was released. Shortly, the news spread across, and people began questioning the rationale behind the release of the suspect despite the enormity of the crime.

“After a while, on the same day, my phone rang, it was a call from the police headquarters with this – 0810614827 notifying me about the release of the suspect and telling me that the case is under investigation by the police.

“I was shocked and became suspicious that something was wrong somewhere and justice might have been circumvented, throughout Tuesday, I have been receiving and making calls calming the people not to take the law into their own hands.

“We’re calling on the state’s governor, Police Commissioner, the director, and state security service to intervene and investigate the sudden release of the prime suspect without him being charged.

“I have done my part, I have been calming the people, but I have limitations,” the Miyatti Allah chairman said. (Premium Times)

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