published by: BBC News
14th April 2010
The family of a man who died in police custody in Nigeria during an Islamist uprising last year has welcomed a court ruling against the police.
The court in Borno State said Baba Fugu Mohommed’s killing was “brutal” and compared it to the Spanish Inquisition. The judge said he had been killed simply because he was the father-in-law of Mohammed Yusuf, the leader the Boko Haram sect behind the violence.
Mr Yusuf was also killed after the July clashes, allegedly in police custody.
Human rights groups have frequently accused Nigeria’s police of extra-judicial killings, but they are rarely brought to justice.
Boko Haram supporters attacked a police station in the northern city of Maiduguri in July 2009, leading to days of clashes and hundreds of deaths – mostly sect members.
Mr Fugu Mohommed was detained by police in Borno State during the crisis.