The Kano State Police Command has arrested Ma’aruf Muhammad, a school teacher, for torturing Muhammad Garba, an 8-year-old Almajiri boy.
The grandmother and father of the child were also detained, according to the Kano Police Command’s spokesman, SP AbdullahiHaruna Kiyawa, who verified the occurrence in a report.
The incident was reported to the Command when the youngster was seen walking around a culvert near Kofar Mata QuartersKano, according to the PPRO.
“On the 29/03/2022 at about 1400hrs, a report was received from the Managing Director, Kano State Agency for Evacuation and Repatriation of Beggars that, on the 28/03/2022, one Mallam Usaini Uba, ‘m’, of Kofar Na’isa Quarters, Kano brought to the agency, one Muhammad Garba, ‘m’, aged 8 years old, an “Almajiri Boy”, who was found roaming around a culvert, near Kofar Mata Quarters Kano, with scar marks all over his body resulting from suspected torture,” Kiyawa said.
“On receipt of the report, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Umar Sa’id Abdullahi 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.
“On a Preliminary investigation, the victim stated that he hails from Nguru, Yobe State, and he escaped to Kano State by Train as a result of severe beatings by his teacher at “Almajiri School”, one Ma’aruf Muhammad. Sustained efforts and prolonged follow-up led to the arrest of the “Almajiri School” teacher, Ma’aruf Muhammad, ‘m’, 24 years old of Garbi Quarters, Nguru LGA, Yobe State at a hideout in Toro LGA, Bauchi State.
“On discreet investigation, the suspect confessed to the crime, he further confessed that he uses a USB Cable wire to beat the victim on several occasions after removing his shirt, that the child was brought to him by the grandmother of the child, one Talle Muhammad, ‘f’, 65 years old. She was subsequently arrested, and the father of the victim was also arrested.
The suspects will be charged in court oncethe inquiry is completed, according to the spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, Kano State’s Commissioner of Police has issued a harsh warning to criminals, advising them to either repent or leave the state entirely.
“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.”