The Kano State Command has disclosed to media 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.
Speaking to pressmen on Wednesday, the Assistant Inspector- General, Zone 1, Kano, Yabo Muhammad, revealed that Mr. Falaki was not killed by a gunshot fired by the police but by mob action when he was mistaken for a terrorist.
He said the late Professor, who was returning from a trip to Bauchi state, made a stop over to change a deflated tyre when his car was seized at gun point by fleeing insurgents.
The Professor, 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, as the chaos ensued, Prof. Falaki had tried to identify himself to the special police squad 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.
Information gathered suggest that ABU Zaria is claiming that the Professor was killed by police bullet.