14 April 2018

Nigeria: Soldiers Coerced Me to Implicate Shehu Sani in Murder Case - - Suspect

A principal suspect in the alleged murder of one Lawan Maiduna of Kaduna state, Garba Isa, weekend painted a gruesome picture of how the military tortured him to implicate a Senator representing Kaduna Central at upper chamber, Senator Shehu Sani in a murder case.

46-year-old Isa, a resident of Kabalan Doki told Vanguard that "I saw hell in the hands of the military and police over their desperate attempt to implicate senator Sani".

He said "I am a professional painter and also a member of vigilante, I swear to God that Shehu Sani never knew me. Even if he passes here now, I believe he would not know me at all but they insisted I must implicate him but I refused'. Isa said he was tortured to "accept the fact that Senator Sani gave one Bashir Hamdada money to kill Maiduna".

He told Saturday Vanguard that the military took him to Ahmed Aruwa's Farm located along Kaduna- Abuja road where they threatened to kill him if he did not accept to implicate Senator Sani as the man that hired him to kill Lawan Maiduna.

Isa explained that, "I never knew Bashir Hamdada, let alone his illegal activities, but I was tortured and forced to make a statement that could implicate the senator over the alleged murder."

Speaking further on his experience at the military detention centres, Isa said,"I spent two weeks facing series of torture while I was with the military before I was handed over to Kaduna state CID".

He said, "it all began when the military invited me to identify some persons arrested in connection with alleged murder of the said person."

"Immediately we came to the place where the arrested persons were tortured, soldiers began to torture me and insisted that I must mention Sani's name to be the one behind the murder".

'At the CID office in Kaduna, the CID, I spent a month before I was taken to prison on awaiting trial, but I was quickly granted bail to go and seek medical attention over wounds sustained while in detention that arose from right violation". He lamented that "I was accused without any physical evidence to support their charges".


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