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Kaduna State police command have confirmed the death of a 17-year-old boy in Zaria while being questioned by the State Vigilante Service over alleged theft of a cell phone.

Assitant Supridentent of Police Jalige Muhammad, spokesperson to the police in the state, affirmed the incident on Friday, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Muhammad said the commander of Kaduna Vigilantee Service at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka Unit in Zaria, Abubakar Alhaji, and six others had been detained at the Police Divisional Headquarters in the town.

He stated that they would be transferred to the Police Command in Kaduna for further investigation.

The victims Father, Mallam Dauda Aliyu, of Filin Mallawa, Zaria, told the press on Friday that his son, Muhammad-Sani Aliyu, died while being interrogated by Kaduna Vigilantee Service over alleged phone theft.

Dauda told press men that the incident occurred on Wednesday at about 2pm at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka Unit of the service.

He said one Auwalu, a butcher, alleged that his late son stole his phone.

“As a father, I questioned him over the issue but he insisted that he knew nothing about the phone.

“I later requested my friend, Abubakar Dan-Bakano, to question him about the phone. He (late son) maintained his earlier stand that he did not steal any phone.

“While Abubakar Dan-Bakano was questioning my late son, the complainant Auwalu, arrived with personnel of vigilance service, who took him to their office at Jan Labule, Kofar Doka, Zaria, where he lost his life during interrogation,” he alleged.

Dauda said that the body of his son was laid on the ground at the KadVS’s office until police arrived at the scene.

Hannatu Muhammad, mother of the victim, said that those responsible for the death of her son should be fished out and brought to justice.

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