Governor Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State has directed investigation into the murder of a 17-year-old student by operatives of Operation Farauta, in Yola.
Fintiri’s spokesperson, Humwashi Wonosikou, in a statement said Fintiri has ordered the Commissioner of Police in the state to begin an investigation into the matter to prosecute those found culpable.
Abdullahi Tukur Abba, a senior secondary school student, died on Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Moddibo Adama Teaching Hospital Yola from injuries he sustained from torture, following a neighbour’s complain about a missing phone.
The deceased’s family lawyer, Dr Abubakar Hamman Diram, revealed on Sunday that operatives of Operation Farauta had arrested Abdallah on August 5 and beat him until he became unconscious after another boy, confessed to stealing the phone.
The other boy said he gave the phone to the deceased, an allegation Abdullahi denied.
The deceased’s father, Dr Tukur Abba, said a case had been instituted against the complainant and those who tortured his son to death.
Operation Farauta is led by the military whose composition comprises soldiers, police, operatives of the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The activities of the security outfit operation set up by the state government to fight armed robbery, kidnapping and related crimes came under criticism from residents for alleged human rights abuses and for derailing from its mandate.