Po­lice de­clare NSCDC op­er­a­tive wanted over at­tempted mur­der

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

For­mer Area Com­man­der of the Nige­rian Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC) Aliyu Jekada Yabo has been de­clared wanted by the Sokoto State Po­lice Com­mand for al­legedly stab­bing one Kasimu Dan­baba in Wa­makko town.

Daily Trust learnt that Yabo, a Chief In­spec­tor of the Corps was sus­pended about six weeks ago fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion by his fam­ily, over pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.

Nar­rat­ing his or­deal, Dan­baba said he and NSCDC op­er­a­tive were good friends be­fore the re­la­tion­ship went sour a cou­ple of years ago over some per­sonal is­sues.

“He was like a boss and in-law to me be­cause I mar­ried the younger sis­ter to his ex-wife. In­fact, he was the one that in­tro­duced me to her. How­ever, be­fore the wed­ding, he went to our in-law and asked him to stay ac­tion on the mat­ter or he would di­vorce his daugh­ter. He made good his threat af­ter re­al­is­ing that the man was not ready to suc­cumb. Since then, we have not been on talk­ing terms,” he said.

Dan­baba, who is re­cu­per­at­ing in a hos­pi­tal, said he re­ceived a call from an un­known per­son on Satur­day around 11pm, and that he was asked whether he knew Aliyu Jekada. He said the per­son re­peated the ques­tion sev­eral times af­ter which he cut off the phone.

‘‘Af­ter cut­ting off the line, the fel­low sent me a text mes­sage that he would be the cause of my death. I did not take the threat lightly, as I hur­riedly re­ported the mat­ter to the di­vi­sional head­quar­ters of the NSCDC and the po­lice, who asked me to come back in the morn­ing for proper doc­u­men­ta­tion’’, he said.

The vic­tim added, “I came back from the po­lice around 12 mid­night, and around 1am Jekada jumped over my fence, walked into my room and stabbed me in the stom­ach. He wanted to stab me a sec­ond time, but my scream at­tracted my neigh­bours. I was alone in the house when it hap­pened; my wife and chil­dren had trav­elled to Yabo to see my in-laws. When he heard move­ment of peo­ple, he quickly jumped over the fence and ran away’’.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the sus­pect drove to Wa­makko from Yabo to carry-out the at­tack.

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, spokesman of the Sokoto State Po­lice Com­mand said they had de­clared the sus­pect wanted, as­sur­ing that he would be ap­pre­hended and pros­e­cuted ac­cord­ingly.

The Com­man­dant of NSCDC, Al­haji Adamu Soma, said Jekada had not been seen for the past six weeks since his sus­pen­sion from the ser­vice over a pe­ti­tion by his fam­ily, and pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.

Soja added that the com­mand had been on his trail since then be­cause of the cases.

Par­tic­i­pants at the Down Syn­drome aware­ness week lec­ture in La­gos yesterday.

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