The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN) has called on the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu to order an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of a roadside mechanic, Mr. Chima Ikwunado allegedly detained, extorted, tortured and murdered by some officers of the Mile 1 E-Crack Police Division located at Port-harcourt, Rivers State.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator of NOPRIN, Ikule Emmanuel and made available to our correspondent equally called for the immediate release of the four persons detained by the Police team as well as check the activities of the Commander E-Crack, SP Benson Adetuyi alongside his team and ensure that all who were involved were made to face the law.
The statement reads, “The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN Foundation) vehemently condemns the ill-treatment of four persons and the killing of Mr. Chima Ikwunado who was illegally detained, extorted, tortured and murdered by some officers of the Mile 1 E-Crack Police Division located at Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
“Mr. Chima, a roadside mechanic in Port-Harcourt took his client’s (name withheld) vehicle for testing on the 19th December, 2019 but was apprehended together with four (4) others, by some police officers of the Mile 1 E-Crack Police Division, for taking one way route. The question is whether the offence reported to have been committed by the deceased requires a death penalty.
“As serious as this case is, it is very surprising to know that the result of police investigations are yet to be released even after 3 weeks of the occurrence of the incident.
“NOPRIN calls on the Inspector General of police to order an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding Chima’s death, immediate release of the four persons detained, check the activities of SP. Benson Adetuyi (commander E-Crack with his team) and ensure all who are involved are made to face the law.”
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