Kayode Egbetokun, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has ordered an investigation into the death of Sulaiman Jika, a 100-level cadet, who died at the Nigeria Police Academy (POLAC), Wudil, Kano State last Friday.
SaharaReporters had exclusively on Saturday reported that the Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, was embroiled in turmoil over the death of Sulaiman, a year-one student of Department of Sociology who died at the institution’s medical centre.
A classmate of the deceased who pleaded anonymity told SaharaReporters that Sulaiman died of negligence by staff at the police training, stressing that the deceased could have survived the “malaria sickness” if the health care personnel acted promptly.
The Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement on Tuesday said that the IGP has set up a seven-man panel of inquiry which the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, DIG Abiodun Alabi, would lead.
Adejobi stated that the panel had a mandate to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cadet’s death with a deadline of four days for the panel to come up with a comprehensive report detailing its findings and recommendations.
The statement read, “In response to the tragic incident at the Nigeria Police Academy (POLAC), Wudil, Kano State, where a promising young cadet, Sulaiman Jika, lost his life, on Friday, 1st of September, 2023, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) has set up a 7-man Panel of Inquiry on Monday 4th September, 2023, headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja, DIG Abiodun Alabi, fdc, with a mandate to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the circumstances surrounding the cadet’s death
“The IGP has set a deadline of 4 days for the panel to furnish a comprehensive report detailing its findings and recommendations.
“Other members of the panel include the AIG Training and Development, AIG Oyeyemi Oyediran; Force Medical Officer, CP Garba Emmanuel Nzukwen; CP Homicide FCID, CP Fom Pam Joseph, psc(+); CP Training POLAC, CP Patrick Edung; representative of the CP Legal as the secretary, and the Principal Staff Officer II to the IGP, ACP Idris Abubakar.
“Furthermore, the IGP extends his heartfelt condolences and commiserations to the family and relations of Sulaiman Jika and the academy community, during this trying time, assuring that he is deeply empathetic to their pains and loss; and that the Force would do the needful to ensure justice is done in the case.”