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Police IRT Torture Gold Dealers After N700M Gold Was Stolen In Igp's Residence

The Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has been accused of human rights violations and torture.

According to a petition sent to human rights body, the Amnesty International and obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday, the IRT was indicted after Gold worth more than N700million went missing in the IGP’s apartment.

Some persons were later arrested and currently clamped in detention by the IRT.

Some of them are; Alh. Aminu Sarkin Zabarmawan Kebbi and his two shop attendants.; Alh. Musa Aliyu; Alh. Nuhu Usman ;Anas Aminu; Yahaya (Tailor from Rigasa); and also several PoS operators.

“Gold worth more than N700milion was stolen from the residence of the Inspector General of Police in the first week of May 2024, allegedly belonging to Principal Staff Officer 3 to the Inspector General of Police.”

The petition noted that the stolen Gold found its way to the Wuse market and was bought by one Alhaji Auwal who is current at large.

The petition further read in part; “The Police Intelligence Response Team ( IRT), Abuja, arrested several members of the Gold Dealers Association at the Wuse Market and PoS operators that transacted business with Alhaji Auwal, the prime suspect.”

“A preliminary investigation revealed that, the police IRT unit was working directly under the instructions of IGP who had subjected all those arrested to untold and inhumane hardship ranging from beaten, hanging and forcefully collecting money from them under the guise of recovery of the stolen Gold.”

“One of the fundamental rights violations is that of one, Alh. Amin Sarkin Zabarmawan Kebbi whom his shop attendants at his shop in Wuse Market bought gold worth N3million was handcuffed and his shop with the gold of over N100million was carted away by the IRT and still held him under detention together with his attendants.”

“Another gold attendant in one of the shops in Wuse Market, Nuhu Usman, who also transacted business with Alhaji Auwal amounted to millions was arrested and eventually molested, traumatised and forcefully paid N11million for a gold he bought Six millon naira at 125,000 per gram of 80 gram gold on the instructions of PSO 3 ( Buky).”

“Also the IRT cruelty maneuver obtained a bank statement of Taj Bank for one Nuhu Usman and forcefully withdrew N13 million naira cash.”

“Also a tailor and resident of Rigasa, Kaduna who knows Alh. Auwal, the principal suspect, was arrested and beaten to a coma at the IRT office Abuja and still under detention.”

Several human rights abuse and violations of innocent Gold Dealers Association Wuse Market Abuja are still going on as well as detention of people under the pretence of recovering stolen gold from the IGP house.

The petition also sought to know the owner of the stolen Gold.

“The question is, who owned the stolen Gold ? IGP? or his wife? or PSO 3 (Buky)? The IRT team investigating the stolen gold from IGP house were listed as; Mashood, Femi, Joe (piyapiya), Femi, Habila and Abdul," the petition added.

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