Nicholas Justus, Kaduna:
A 45-year old police officer attached to the Dawakin Kudu Divisional Police Station in Kano State has been hospitalised after he was hit by a vehicle suspected to have been driven by a Hisbah driver.
Investigations revealed that the policeman, Sergeant Adamu Garba who was at his duty post on Saturday by 11pm was hit by the Hisbah driver (names with held) who was driving against traffic on one-way along Zaria road, The police officer was said to have sustained multiple injuries from the incident.
Sources revealed that the driver head of operations of Hisbah who commanded the driver to take on-way, against traffic to catch up with a trailer.
Speaking with the wife of the police man, Mrs Maryam Adamu Garba at the Murtala Mohammed Specialist Hospital Kano on Friday August 18, 2017, she lamented that ‘’Since that night my husband was knocked down by the Hisbah vehicle, which was 12th of August 2017, we have been in this hospital. It is the District Police Officer that has taken responsibility for the medical treatment.
Also speaking, Joel Adamu Garba, the first among Adamu’s five children maintained that “Only the police people care about our daddy, but the main people who committed this act have since ignored
us, my daddy has five children and I am the first among them.
‘’Another problem I am also thinking about is my education, because my daddy was to process my admission into the tertiary institution this year, but with this problem, I just pray he will be better to sponsor me in school’’.
At the Dawakin Kudu Police Divisional Station, a senior police officer who pleaded anonymity revealed that “Hisbah operatives have a habit of always driving against traffic and recklessly especially when chasing trailers in broad daylight or at night not minding the safety of other road users”.
“If not for our DPO, our colleague would have died because the police have no provision of funds for such now. In the past we used to have but now it has been abolished,” they added.
Painstaking efforts to reach the Hisbah Service Board of Kano State proved abortive as they did not pick calls made to their lines.
However, a close source to Hisbah Service Board of Kano revealed that the management promised to take up Sergeant Adamu Garba’s medical billsbut have since dumped the idea saying they have no funds for such.
Sergeant Adamu Garba has sustained various degrees of injuries with three fractures on his legs and deep cuts on his hand and head, making him incapacitated to talk and walk.
Medical reports shows that surgical operations will be needed to correct the fractures. Already one of the legs have been operated.
Sargent Adamu Garba hails from Borno State.