Police in Kano have beaten to death a 26-year-old man, Abdulkadir Nasiru, after his father took him to police station for questioning.
The father handed over the son the Madobi Police Station after policemen went to his residence in search of him over a case of neighborhood gang fight.
Nasiru Madobi, the father of the deceased told Daily Nigerian that as a law-abiding citizen, when his son returned home he took him voluntarily to the police station for interrogation.
“A quarrel ensued when a policeman started slapping and beating him in my presence after an argument. When another officer joined the quarrel to beat him, he started retaliating,” he said.
According to the father, three more policemen soon took sticks to beat his son to a pulp.
“The situation made me leave the police station immediately as I could not stand the pain of seeing my son being beaten on a simple matter that can be resolved among parents.
Crying profusely, Mr Madobi added that when he reached home he sent the elder brother of the deceased to plead with the police.
Also narrating how the incident happened, the elder brother to the deceased, Ahmed Nasir, said the policemen ignored his pleas and kept beating his brother until he fell down unconscious with his mouth foaming.
According to him, he had to pay N8,000 before police allowed him carry his unconscious brother to the hospital, where he was declared dead by doctors.
The family then appealed to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and commissioner of police to ensure that justice is served.
Spokesman for Kano Police Command, Abdullahi Kiyawa, confirmed the incident, saying four policemen have been arrested.
Mr Kiyawa said the case had been transferred to the Homicide Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department for proper investigation.
He said the command would take decisive action against officers involved in the killing after investigation.
The emir of Karaye, Ibrahim Abubakar II, also called for proper investigation into the death, calling on the commissioner of police to ensure that all those behind the act were brought to book.