Officials of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Sokoto State have been accused of torturing a 38 year-old government worker, Jamilu Abdullahi, to death.
His mother, Hajiya Binta Abdullahi said that her son , who was an employee of the Tureta LGA of Sokoto State, was allegedly detained and tortured at the Sokoto South divisional headquarters of the NSCDC command, before being taken to the Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching hospital where he died.
She said her late son was the father of eight children and also the breadwinner of the family. She alsomaintained that her son was hale and hearty before being taken into custody.
“There was a misunderstanding between him and one woman in our neighbourhood and she reported the matter to the Sokoto South divisional headquarters of the NSCDC whose men came around 6:30pm and arrested him,” she said.
She added: ”We visited the headquarters several times, seeking his release, instead, they tortured him to a state of coma after which they took him to the Sokoto Specialist Hospital for medical attention because of the injuries they inflicted on him and were later referred to the Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital, where he died on Friday, May, 29″.
“They brought his corpse to us but we rejected it because there was no certification concerning his death from the hospital. We therefore, insisted on knowing the cause of his death, especially when signs of torture were noticed all over his body,” she added.
The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Alhaji Muhammad Musa, has said that a full investigation of the incident would be carried out and assured that justice would take its course.