How five students killed a colleague in Sokoto


Details have emerged of how five students from Sultan Abdurahman College of Health Technology, Gwadabawa, Sokoto State, and their friends allegedly conspired to kill another student at the university, Lukman Malami, for allegedly stealing a mobile phone.

Mr. Malami, a Dental Surgery student at the university, was allegedly killed by his friends on Sunday morning after they unsuccessfully tried to get him to return a phone they claimed he had stolen.

The suspected students include Abubakar Tukur (Dentistry), Ashiru Sanusi (Dentistry), Bashar Gada (Health Information Technology), Yakubu Awwal (Pharmacy) and Ibrahim Hussaini (Medical Laboratory). Mubarak Lawal and Ahmad Abdul, who are not students at the university, are alleged to have participated in the lynching of Mr. Malami.

Confirming the death to PREMIUM TIMES by phone, the university’s Student Affairs Officer Nafiu Bello said the suspects allegedly tied Mr. Malami with a rope in his room in an off-campus apartment and beat him to death. .

university gate

He said the students had gathered in one of his apartments to celebrate the publication of their results.

“It was during the celebration for the good results that a phone was lost and Lukman Malami, who was part of the celebrants, was out of the room for a few moments when the phone was searched for but not seen. When he returned, they said that he was the one who stole the phone and that he had gone to hide it, but he insisted that it was not him,” Bello said.

He said the students then tied up Mr. Malami and began to beat him with batons until he lost consciousness.

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“They took him to a hospital when they realized he was unconscious and it was serious, but he died before they got to the hospital,” he said.

Bello said the students then took the body from the hospital, but were later arrested by police.

“Yesterday (Wednesday) I took the dismissal letter to the police because we cannot continue having these types of students among us. The Rector has also led a management team to offer condolences to the parents and relatives of the student, ”he said.

the rented apartment

Sanusi Malami, the older brother of the slain student, said the suspected killers brought the body home on Sunday morning.

He said the students told family members that they saw Mr. Malami in a pool of blood as they returned to the apartment very early in the morning.

“We took the body to the hospital here in Sokoto for a medical examination, but they asked us to involve the police. When the police arrived, they started questioning the students and then took them away,” he said.

Sokoto state police spokesman Sanusi Abubakar did not respond to calls or SMS about the killing.

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