Four men tortures man to death over stolen phone, later found inside chair

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Four men have been charged in the death of Adamu Ahmadu, a 28-year-old man who was wrongfully accused of stealing a phone, before a Yola Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Adamawa Police Commissioner
Adamawa Police Commissioner

On January 22, 2022, Hamidu Umar, the son of the deposed ward head of Damare, Yola South Local Government Area, accused Ahmadu, the son of an Adamawa Broadcasting Corporation security guard, of stealing his cell phone.

Despite the fact that the deceased disputed the claim, Umar is said to have demanded that he provide the phone.

It was discovered that the 55-year-old and three others used torture to coerce the victim into confessing.

Sholle Manas, Faisal, and Nahau were the other three defendants named.

Around 5.30 p.m., Umar, with the help of Faisal and Nahau, allegedly brought the victim to an unfinished structure and tortured him with wood and broken stones.

Ahmadu was claimed to have died as a result of fractures in his two hands, as well as other ailments.

Umar maintained his not guilty plea during their re-arraignment on February 15, 2022, whereas the second defendant, Manas, who had earlier pleaded not guilty, changed his plea.

While pleading guilty, Manas informed the court that he saw the first defendant and two others hitting the deceased, and that he was commanded by Umar to join them in the beating.

However, Umar, upon his return home, found the missing handset on a sofa in his parlour.

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