Officers of the Katsina State Police Command have arraigned the DPO of Mashi Local Government Area, Mr Garba Talawai, and his girlfriend, Sadiyya Danyaya, for the murder of their 16-year-old housemaid.
This was revealed in a statement released to newsmen on Saturday by the Police Public Relations Officer [PPRO], SP Gambo Isah. The statement reads:
“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.”
The DPO was accused of concealing evidence and other facts that could unravel the truth behind the death of the housemaid because of the possible involvement of his girlfriend.
"Another Divisional Police Officer [DPO] has been deployed to replace Mr Garba," stated Sanusi Buba, the Commissioner of Police, assuring the press and family members of the deceased that the police will not leave any stone unturned until justice is served.