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Police accused of freeing Fulani men who attacked Taraba civil servant

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The police in Taraba State have been accused of releasing some Fulani males who attacked an training officer of the Taraba State Ministry of Schooling, Isa Adamu, in April.

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Adamu informed DAILY POST that he was using a motorbike to the following village earlier than he was attacked with a knife in Gashaka Native Authorities Space of the state on April fifth, 2021.

He defined that he was accused of stealing a motorbike even when he informed them it was a combination up. He informed our correspondent that he had borrowed his pal’s motorbike to go to the following village after listening to rumours of an impending strike. On attending to the park, he found there have been many bikes however insisted that the one he was accused of stealing had opened when he used the important thing his pal gave him.

Whereas making an attempt to defend himself, Adamu stated one of many Fulani males introduced out his knife and began reducing him. The lower he suffered led to the amputation of his proper hand, whereas he additionally suffered a deep lower on his head.

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“I wished to talk with a senior officer within the subsequent village as a result of we don’t have an Etisalat community in our space, so I requested my pal to lend me his motorbike. He gave me the important thing and after I went to the place it was parked, there have been different bikes there. Nevertheless, the important thing opened the primary motorbike, which the Fulani males claimed was their very own.

“Whereas going to make my name, the Fulani males pursued me until I finished, and so they began accusing me of stealing their machine. Whereas I used to be making an attempt to defend and determine myself, one among them introduced out a knife and began reducing me,” Adamu stated.

The Chief Medical Director of Focus hospital, Dr JohnCross Ogbobe, stated Adamu suffered a number of lacerations on his head and hand because of the assault.

Ogbobe, who corroborated Adamu’s story, stated the Fulani males have been apprehended by the villagers and brought to the police station inside the neighborhood earlier than the matter was transferred to the State Police Headquarters in Jalingo, the state capital.
The medical physician accused the police of releasing Adamu’s attackers with out giving the matter correct consideration.
Ogbobe stated regardless of their launch, the Fulani males have deserted Adamu as they refused to handle his medical payments and welfare as earlier agreed.

He stated: “I’m the Medical Director of Focus Hospital, Dr John Cross Ebube Chibuzor. On April fifth, 2021, they introduced Adamu to my hospital in firm of policemen and kinfolk. They introduced him in a semi-conscious state, and from examination, we observed he had some laceration accidents on the hand and leg, the laceration on the suitable arm with only a slit of flesh remaining. Each the radial bone and inside core bones have been chopped off, the slit of pores and skin on the proper forearm was remaining with a thickness of about simply 5mm. On the identical proper forearm, there was additionally one other laceration damage near the elbow. On additional examination, there’s a laceration damage on the bracket of the cranium measuring about 10cm, involving each the scrap and the cranium.

“He was severely anaemic, and his PCV at that time was 50 per cent. We gave him about six pints of blood for him to be restored to the traditional PCV. After we attended to him, he regained full consciousness.

“Then he narrated that he wished to speak along with his head of division based mostly in Jalingo because of rumours of an ongoing strike. He wished to know if they’ll be a part of the strike or not at that time limit. He normally makes use of Etisalat, however the community was not out there of their village, so he would journey to the closest location to entry the community.

“When he was about to go, the sufferer pleaded along with his pal to lend him his motorbike, and the pal gave him the important thing. He took the important thing and went to the placement and he noticed three bikes that appeared alike parked. The important thing began the primary motorbike not figuring out that it was the incorrect one. The sufferer informed me that a type of that attacked me was there when he collected the important thing.

“As he launched into his journey, he gave a Fulani man a elevate. Whereas on the journey, his passenger beckoned him to cease as a result of different Fulani males have been chasing them. When he stopped to know what was the issue, they accused him of stealing their motorbike.

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“He even identified that one of many attackers witnessed when he was given the important thing to the motorbike, however the Fulani man denied it. Whereas making an attempt to defend his innocence, the sufferer requested them to take him to their conventional ruler or the closest police state however they refused. Whereas they have been arguing, about three bikes carrying different Fulani males arrived on the location and one among them stated he must be killed. Instantly a type of who accosted him earlier eliminated his knife and began reducing him.

“After they butchered Adamu and found that he was unconscious, they took him to a close-by river and threw him there. He, nevertheless, managed to pull himself out of the river when his attackers left.

“The information shortly unfold throughout the village, and a search social gathering that went forth discovered the Fulani males. They requested after the person as a result of they noticed the motorbike, however they stated the person deserted the motorbike and bumped into the bush on sighting them. After interrogating them, they took the Fulani males to the closest police submit.

“Whereas they have been there, one of many sufferer’s brothers went again to hint him within the bush solely to find him by the Riverside. When he went to choose the telephone he noticed him mendacity unconscious; then he went into the village to get assist. With this growth, the Fulani males began making confessional statements.

“The matter was transferred to the state Police headquarters, and since then, the household have been going there with nothing to indicate. So final week, I accompanied them there. A lawyer informed me that the Fulani males stated after bailing them, the police gave them an appointment to return again on that day to indicate their faces. Whereas talking with the IPO, he stated the sufferer’s household was very weak, and the courts have been on strike, so there’s nothing we will do. He informed me they may not proceed to maintain a suspect in custody past 24 hours.

“The IPO informed me that the household of the sufferer known as them and agreed that they might attain an alliance, so they’re relieving them to go and settle. On the finish of the entire thing, I observed that they have been benefiting from the household’s ignorance, so I left the station.

“My concern is that the sufferer is an Schooling Officer and his different job is Agriculture. What borders me essentially the most is that his proper hand has been amputated and he’s depressed. I do spend hours with him making an attempt to rehabilitate him.

“Whereas within the station, the household gave the Fulani males one week, however nothing has been accomplished; they only deserted him. This factor occurred on April fifth, and we at the moment are in June.

“On this place, these Fulani folks brag after they maim folks, they normally say ‘we’ll promote two or three cows then use the proceeds to resolve your matter’.”

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, David Misal, stated: “I’ve not acquired such a report and wouldn’t have something to say now. I’ll examine the messages I’ve from that space if I’ve such data, however for now, I can’t reply to that query.”

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