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Controversy trails alleged murder of almajiri boy by NYSC member

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The National Youths Service Corps, (NYSC) and Kano Police command has differed in their reactions on the alleged involvement of a serving corps member in the death of a young Almajiri in Kano.

While the NYSC exonerated the NYSC member on the death of the almajiri boy, the Police insisted the alleged culprit will be charged for culpable homicide.

The alleged murder of eight years old Hassan Suleiman, an almajiri student of local Islamic school, by Jepthan Peter Makwin, a serving NYSC member generated unrest on Friday.

It took prompt attention of police divisional post in the village to rescue the alleged person and other innocent members from angry mob descended by youths in the village.

A source had told journalists that the NYSC member beat the almajir boy to death for offense not well substantiated as at the time of filing the report.

In a statement issued by Kano coordinator of NYSC, Ladan Baba, obtained by The Guardian, the victim fall on a tree sighted in the NYSC lodge and hit his head on the wall. He claimed the boy was conveyed to hospital immediately where he was confirmed death.

The NYSC boss insisted that contrary to insinuation, the serving member remain innocent and should not be held responsible for any offense.

“The attention of the NYSC, Kano State management has been drawn to alleged killing of an Almajiri boy by NYSC member. While we regret the untimely demise of an eight year old boy, Hassan Suleiman, a class 3 pupil of Old mosque lslamiya school, we wish to state categorically that the unfortunate incident happened at about 3:17pm on Thursday 25th October at Bebeji town , Bebeji LGA, Kano State.

“A corps member, Jepthan Peter Makwin ran after the deceased who came in to pluck fruits from an umbrella Tree within the Corpers Lodge. In the process, the boy fell and hit his head on the wall of the entrance of the Lodge. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was afterwards confirmed dead”. Baba explained.

On the contrary, the Police spokesman in Kano, Abdullahi Haruna insisted that the member accused of beaten the young boy to death is presently in Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for interrogation.

Haruna who maintained that the accused person will soon be charged to court for culpable homicide after investigate, said no stone will be left unturned to unravel the misery sounding the murder of the Almajiri student.


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