The Adamawa State Police Command on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a policeman who was alleged to have killed seven farmers in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the arrest followed a petition by a non-governmental organisation, Progressive Mind for Development Initiate.
The petition signed by the President of the organisation, Abubakar Abdulsalam, alleged that the officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, committed the offence on November 23, 2017.
It stated that the policeman, while in charge of a Safer Highways patrol team, arrested the farmers who were working on their farms on the outskirts of Gombi town, tied and shot them to death.
The petition further alleged that the same officer had, on April 30, 2016, while in charge of a police outpost in Kem village, in the Shelleng Local Government Area of the state, killed four people suspected of committing robbery.
“If such act is not checked, it will continue to spread and eventually Nigeria will be unsafe for its citizens,” the petition added.
Spokesman for the command, Othman Abubakar, said the policeman had been arrested and detained as investigation continued into the case.