Four die in fatal motor accident, hoodlums butcher retired ASP

Written by on February 16, 2018

Tragedy hit the Plateau State Police Command on Thursday after a retired Assistant Superintendent of Police, Daniel Malu, was killed by some hoodlums.

The police also confirmed the death of four persons in a fatal motor accident on Valentine’s Day at the Mararaba Jamaa area of the state.

The crash involved a truck conveying diesel from Kuru to Mararaba Jamaa and driven by a 25-year-old man, Abdullaziz Abdulrahman, a resident of Tildin Fulani on Bauchi Road, Jos.

The killing of the police officer happened barely one week after the murder of a serving ASP and Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Saki Unit, in the Oyo State Police Command.

The OC was said to have been hacked to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen during an operation in a forest on the Saki-Ogbooro Road in the Oke-Ogun area of the state.

Malu, 58, whose last office was ‘A’ Division in Jos, was also dismembered in his Dorowa residence, in the Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The spokesperson for the Plateau State Police Command, Matthias Tyopev, confirmed the killing, saying the corpse had been deposited at Ola Hospital mortuary in Zawan.

He said efforts were being made to arrest the hoodlums.

His confirmation was contained in a report from the Divisional Police Officer of ‘B’ Division, obtained by News men on Thursday.

The report says, “Information reached us around 6am today (Thursday) that one ASP Daniel Malu (retd.), who last served at ‘A’ Division was killed by unknown persons who cut him with machetes all over his head and body at about 3am at his residence in Dorowa in the Jos South LGA.

“A team of policemen was mobilised to the scene. Photographs were taken and corpse removed and deposited at Ola Hospital mortuary, Zawan. Effort is being made to arrest the hoodlums.”

Tyopev said the ill-fated truck carrying diesel had a brake failure and rammed into five other vehicles.

“Four persons have so far been confirmed dead and their corpses deposited at Ola Hospital mortuary, Zawan. Investigation is in progress,” he said.Warehouse Operations Team led by Assistant Comptroller Mutalib Sule.

He disclosed that the team, acting on intelligence received the previous day, had mounted surveillance on the area and on a tip-off, raided the apartment, where the gatekeeper confirmed the occupant to be a Chinese national.

Garba noted that the export of endangered species of animals like elephant and pangolin breached international protocols and conventions and that the Customs had increased responsibility for its implementation.

He said, “The United Nations charter on the preservation of endangered species entails that Customs administrations globally protect wildlife by intercepting illegal trade on such animals.

“It further prevents the killings of endangered species since the tusks are only available after the killing of the elephant or pangolin.”

He said the items would be handed over to the Nigerian Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency for further investigations.

Meanwhile, Ying, who spoke through an interpreter, denied knowledge and ownership of the items.

The suspect, whose lawyer, Mr. Francis Obaseki, identified as Kio Sui-Ying, said Customs men brought the items from another place to his residence on Ondo Close, Ikeja, and started questioning him about them.

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