The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Suleiman Abba has ordered his Kano colleague to investigate the killing of Prof Ahmed Falaki.
The professor of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria was killed after he had been mistaken for a Boko Haram insurgent. Details of the situation are still sketchy. Initially it was provided that the police had killed the victim believed to be a militant. However, soon the police said that Prof Falaki had been stabbed by the mob.
Amid angry reactions and calls for justice, Abba has urged thorough investigation into the issue.
The official statement made public on the Nigeria police force website reads:
"The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Suleiman Abba CFR, NPOM, NPM, mni, has viewed with great concern the death in Kano, of Prof. Ahmed Falaki of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He has therefore ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge Zone 1, Kano, AIG Tambari Muhammed to conduct an in-depth forensic investigation on the incident with a view to unraveling the circumstances surrounding the attack and death of the renowned Professor of Agriculture.
Meanwhile, some arrests have been made in connection with the incident, and the late professor’s vehicle has been recovered in Bauchi State. The IGP wishes to assure the deceased’s immediate family and the general public that the Police will do all it takes to meet the ends of justice, while perpetrators of the unfortunate incident will not go unpunished."
One of those who got outraged by the incident was the the Academic Stuff Union of Universities (ASUU). The group turged police to either arrest the culprits or face a nationwide strike.