By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
The Father of the slain Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Sani Malumfashi has called on the Kebbi State police command to investigate the issue leading to the death of his son, ASP Shuaib Malumfashi.
The father of the deceased who is a veteran journalist also urged the security agencies to fish out those behind the death of his son.
The veteran journalists made the call while addressing a press conference at the Kaduna NUJ Council at the weekend, where he debunked the assertion made by the police that his son was allegedly killed by a fellow police officer.
Malumfashi said, contrary to the claims of the police, his 33-year old son was killed by a group of persons based on the information available to him.
While speaking, the veteran journalists alleged that his son was strangled to death by his killers, adding that a sharp object was also used to stab his son to death.
According to him, “you see when they brought his corpse for the ritual bath carried out on a dead Muslim corpse, we saw that his neck was dangling. This is suggesting that he was strangled to death by his killers.
“We believe, one person held his hands to the back and one other strangled him and then used a sharp object to pierce his heart.
“Those of us who saw his corpse with some medics concluded that one person could not have killed him,” the father of the deceased emphasised.
Malumfashi who explained that the wife of his son has just given birth to a new baby further said: “I know my son is gone. He will not come back. But I want those who have a hand in his murder to be fished out.
“I want justice for my son. Let us know why he was killed and those behind his gruesome murder.
“If a police officer of his rank, a Divisional Crime Officer(DCO) could be killed like that, what more of a poor journalist like me or the man on the street?
Meanwhile, in a statement obtained by our reporter, the Kebbi State police command has stated that it has arrested ASP Abdullahi Garba who was allegedly accused of stabbing ASP Shuaib Malumfashi to death.
The command spokesman, SP Nafi’u Abubakar, in the statement explained that the erring police officer has been arrested and currently in a detention for further investigation.
The statement noted that “On the 19th October, 2022 at about 1410hrs, one ASP Abdullahi Garba, Officer in charge, Sauwa Police outpost, had an altercation with ASP Shu’aibu Sani Malumfashi, a Divisional Crime Officer II, Argungu Divisional Police Headquarters, inside fishing Village area, Argungu town.
“As a result of that, they engaged themselves in physical combat at the front of ASP Abdullahi Garba’s shop. While fighting, ASP Abdullahi Garba used a scissor and stabbed ASP Shu’aibu Sani Malumfashi in his left rib.
“On receipt of the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Argungu, swiftly rushed to the scene, arrested the erring Officer, recovered the exhibit and rushed ASP Shu’aibu Sani Malunfashi to Sir Yahaya Memorial Hospital, Birnin Kebbi, where regrettably, a medical Doctor confirmed him dead.
“Consequently, the erring Police Officer, ASP Abdullahi Garba was immediately arrested and detained at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Birnin Kebbi, while the case has also been referred to the Homicide section for a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident.
“In the light of the above, the Commissioner of Police, Kebbi State Command, CP. Ahmed Magaji Kontagora has delegated a team of senior Police Officers to condole the family and friends of the deceased Police Officer and pray that the gentle soul of Asp Shuaibu Sani Malunfashi rest in perfect peace.”
CP Ahmed Magaji Kontagora also condemned the action exhibited by the erring Officer which goes contrary to teachings of the Police.