The Nigerian Police Force, Kano Command has narrated how a professor of the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU Zaria, Ahmed Falaki was murdered by a mob who mistook him for a boko haram terrorist.
Assistant Inspector- General, Zone 1, Kano, Yabo Muhammad, told journalists on Wednesday that Mr. Falaki was not killed by a gunshot fired by the police as earlier reported but by mob action when he was mistaken for a terrorist, Premium Times reports.
The late Professor was said to have been returning from a trip to Bauchi state and made a stop over to change a deflated tyre when his car was seized at gun point by fleeing insurgents.
Prof. Falaki, his brother and a driver had headed to Fala village, a few metres from where their vehicle was snatched to seek assistance. The villagers initially assisted them and called residents of a neighbouring village, alerting them of the fleeing insurgents, and asking them to block the road.
However, during the ensuing pandemonium Prof Falaki had tried to identify himself to the special constabulary who had arrived the scene, displaying his identity card. But the police officer, unable to read the contents of the ID card, suggested that the late professor, his brother and a driver, were part of the insurgents. The suspicions of the police officer caused panic among the villagers, leading to the mob action and the Professor's death.
ABU Zaria is however claiming that the Professor was killed by police bullet.