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Three arrested for beating LGA chairman to pulp in Niger

Police in Niger state have arrested three suspects in connection with the brutal assault on the Chairman of Katcha Local Government, Danladi Abdullahi Saku.

It was reported earlier that the council chairman was beaten to a pulp on June 16, 2024 for allegedly refusing to repay a political campaign loan of over N1 million he secured in the local government.

Saku was said to have been attacked along the Saku-Gadza road after the Sallah prayer in his village, Saku, Katcha LGA.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) SP Wasiu Abiodun said the attack was reported to be linked to a debt issue between the Chairman and his creditor from the same area.

He explained that a preliminary investigation was conducted at Katcha Division, and three suspects were later identified, apprehended, and transferred to Bida Area Command.

The suspects include Alhaji Abdullahi Kasimu, 68, of Gadza village, Katcha; Alhaji Baba Mohammed, 30, of the same village; and Ahmadu Mohammed, 25.

The statement reads; “The suspects were transferred to SCID on June 21 for discreet investigation and prosecution. During interrogation, Alhaji Kasimu narrated that he lent the victim over a million naira in August 2023 and that several attempts to recover the money proved abortive.

“On June 16, the victim promised to come and see him, and while he was on the way after the Sallah prayer, his son Ahmadu Mohammed, his in-law Alhaji Baba Mohammed, among others, accosted the Chairman, had an altercation, and inflicted serious injuries on the victim. The victim transferred the money to him at the point before being rushed to the hospital.”

The PRO further disclosed that the suspects are under investigation in SCID, Minna, and “they will be charged to court for prosecution immediately after investigations,” while efforts are ongoing to apprehend others at large.