The Katsina State Police Command has arrested a Divisional Police Officer (DPO) in Mashi Local Government Area of the state, Garba Talawai, and his girlfriend, Sadiyya Alhaji Danyaya, over the death of their 16-year-old housemaid.
The spokesman for the command, Gambo Isah, said in a statement in Katsina that the arrest followed a complaint by a politician.
He said: “A councillor in Mashi Local Government, Abubakar Haruna, reported to the DPO Garba Talawai that a corpse was seen at a bush path in Mashi.
“The DPO and his team went to the place and evacuated the corpse which was deposited at Mashi Primary Healthcare Centre.
“Later, the corpse was identified as that of Rabi Abdullahi, 16, a housemaid to one Sadiyya Alhaji Danyaya, a girlfriend of the DPO.
“Some health personnel on duty also identified the corpse as having been brought the previous day to the health facility by the DPO and another policeman where it was confirmed dead in a Toyota Carina II, red in colour, identified as the car of the DPO.”
He said that investigations indicated that the said Sadiyya reported to the DPO that the teenage girl had been missing for two days after she rebuked her for carrying an unwanted pregnancy and sleeping outside the house.
“Preliminary investigations indicted the DPO for concealment of facts on the possible cause of death of the deceased,” he said.
The PPRO said that the Commissioner of Police has already directed for a thorough, meticulous and comprehensive investigation on the matter.
He further said that both the DPO and his girlfriend were helping detectives to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the deceased.
He said that another DPO has already been posted to the area as his replacement.
“The commissioner of police, Sanusi Buba, assures the parents of the deceased and the public that the command will not leave any stone unturned until justice is done in the matter,” he said.