Command Arrests Officers for Killing Final Year UNIPORT Student
The Rivers State Police Command has arrested the policemen in the patrol van said to have killed a final year Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt, Oghenekevwe Edah.
Punch Metro learnt on Sunday that the policemen were being detained at the command headquarters.
Our correspondent had reported that the victim was returning from church last Sunday and was standing at the Assemblies of God Church Junction, Alakahia, Port Harcourt, when a police van driving against traffic hit him.
The policemen were said to have attempted to escape from the scene, but passersby compelled them to take the victim to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, where he died.
The police were said to have initially denied hitting him, saying they only picked him from the road after he was knocked down by a vehicle.
But PUNCH Metro gathered that the police had identified the culprits and they had been detained to answer to the crime.
Oghenekevwe’s younger brother, Emmanuel, told our correspondent that representatives of the family met with the Choba Divisional Police Officer on Thursday with a view to meeting the state Commissioner of Police.
He said, “The Divisional Police Officer of Choba Police Station said the policemen who were inside the police van that knocked Kevwe down were in detention at the police headquarters in Rivers State. The DPO said the policemen involved, led by Inspector John Kanu, did not deny the crime.”
Emmanuel said the family and the DPO went to the CP’s office, but were told that he was not available, adding that another appointment was fixed for Tuesday (tomorrow).
“We will patiently wait till Tuesday to see the CP. We are also anxious to meet the policemen that were in the van that hit my brother. If the case is not handled in the right way, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police and President Muhammadu Buhari’s attention will be drawn to it. The policemen that were in the van that hit my brother must be brought to book and prosecuted accordingly. All we want is justice,” he added.
The victim’s mother, 65-year-old Patricia Edah, described the deceased as gentle and humble, adding that his death was a shock to the family.
“His father and I are old and we cannot do any job again. He was the one taking care of us and all we want is for the law to take its course and he should be given a good burial.
“We have resigned ourselves to fate. We are in Abraka, Delta State, and we don’t even have the money to transport ourselves to Port Harcourt where the incident happened,” she said.
The Rivers State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muhammad, confirmed the arrest.
He said, “We have arrested the policemen and investigation is ongoing. As soon as we are done with our investigations, we will let the public know.”