Deltans Raise Alarm Over Extra-Judicial Killings By Police

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa
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From Ochei Matthew, Asaba

The death of a suspected thief who died under unexplained circumstance while being detained at the ‘A’ Division Police Station, Asaba is currently raising dust in the capital city of Delta State.

Confirming the ugly incident, the police image maker DSP Celestina Kalu said that on 20th Nov, 2015, one Ebi Ogodobiri behind Family Super Market Asaba, was detained at ‘A’ Division Police Station Asaba in connection with the offence of office breaking/stealing. The suspect later complained of severe headache, Consequently, he was brought out of the cell and rushed to the Police Hospital Asaba for treatment and where he was later certified dead.

“The corpse of the deceased has been deposited at FMC Mortuary Asaba for post mortem examination while investigation is ongoing” she noted.

Also, one Nsika Amos of No. 2 Omarekwe Street, Okrede-Urhibo Warri, was allegedly shot dead by two policemen, Cpl. Ademoye Segun and Cpl. Danazumi Mohammed both of them said to have been attached to Mopol 36 Birnin Kebbi on special duty at Eagle Height International School Warri, Delta State, and residing in the same compound with the deceased.

DSP Kalu said investigation conducted revealed that on the fateful day, Cpl. Ademoye Segun noticed the movement of the deceased whose identity was then not known to the corporal, within the compound. And suspecting that the deceased might be a criminal.

She noted that Cpl. Ademoye Segun alerted his colleague, Cpl. Danazumi Mohammed who took position in a bathroom within the compound while Cpl. Ademoye Segun returned to his room and later shot at the supposed criminal through the unopened window of his room without due observation.

While she explained that Cpl. Danazumi Mohammed fired into the air from the bathroom where he took position, “it was however later discovered that the person shot was the deceased, Nsika Amos, residing upstairs in the same building that reportedly came down to remove the cloths he hang on the rope in the compound. The victim was rushed to Central Hospital Warri for treatment where he gave up the ghost”

She said that in response to the incident, the two NCOs were arrested and handed over to homicide detectives, SCID Asaba for investigation. “The two NCOs are undergoing orderly room trial after which any of them found culpable of the murder of Nsika Amos will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” she added.

Investigative revealed that, Ogodobiri, who had spent four days in police detention was denial bail because the investigation police office (IPO) in charge of his case allegedly demanded N100,000 before his release, which the suspect’s family could not meet.

It was alleged that the owner of laptop said to have been stolen allegedly bribed the IPO not to release the suspect.

An Asaba-base activist, Comrade Onokpasa Voke, called on the Inspector General of police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase, to call policemen to order over extra-judicial killings by policemen.
Voke noted that the way policemen intimidate citizens was alarming, saying: “Policemen are supposed to protect lives and property and not kill citizens unlawfully. Therefore, we passionately appeal to the IG to sanitise the Nigeria Police and bring to book killer-policemen in the force.”

Also, a concerned citizen who spoke with our correspondent, Pastor Jonathern Azubuike, condemned the incident in Warri and that of ‘A’ dDvision Asaba, saying that some Nigerian policemen were not trained properly and called on the authority to fish out the bad eggs in the Force.

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