…Police suspect arrested
From Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
The police officer, who maliciously killed one Saturday Friday Ekot, last Sunday afternoon, at Elechi Beach Waterfront Phase 2, Port Harcourt, has been arrested by the Rivers State Police command.
According to information gathered at the scene of crime, the victim (Saturday) came out of his room at the aforementioned area to urinate at their public toilet only to be attacked by a suspected police officer who allegedly asked him why he was standing at the said spot.
We gathered that the victim responded that he was not a criminal but was rather urinating even as the police officer allegedly wants him to admit he was a criminal.
Scan News authoritatively learnt that, while the victim was still answering the officer’s question, the suspect shot at him, while his companion was watching. After the officer killed Saturday, he abandoned him and ran away.
Further information revealed that, it was when the victim was shouting for help, that his frightened neighbours saw him. Saturday, we learnt, was rushed to Teme Hospital where he later gave up the ghost.
We learnt that until his death, the victim was 20 year-old and hail from Akwa Ibom.
The victim’s brother who spoke to Scan News and gave his name as Sunday Ekot, disclosed that, his late brother before he was attacked asked him to prepare him a cup of tea, which he did prepare only to hear gunshot not far from where his brother went to urinate.
“He said he was hungry and asked me to prepare him tea, while I was preparing the tea, I heard a gunshot from the direction where my brother went to urinate. They killed my innocent brother”, Sunday lamented.
Another female witness to the killing, who pleaded anonymity, disclosed that, she was outside washing, when two policemen approached the victim, stressing that in a twinkle of an eye they shot him.
“I saw when he was urinating and the two policemen came to him. They shot him, he fell in the water and shouted, ‘which kind devil be this’. The other policeman then said, come let’s leave here you have killed him’, Saturday managed to struggle out of the water”, she narrated.
An elderly man, James Harrison, accused the stationed patrol team, which he said was from mile one police station of turning the area to business centre where they come, and frequently slapped people with all kinds of crime and by so doing extort money from them.
He further told our correspondent that any purported criminal that refuses to pay the demanded money is taken to the police station, where he would be required to pay huge amount of money for bail.
He called on government and Commissioner of police to address the said police station, stressing that “the police have become more dangerous than criminals”.
The Director of Human Rights, Social Development and Environmental Foundation (HURSDEF), Mr. Justice Ijeoma, who spoke on the incident, condemned the action of the suspect, asking that justice should be done in the matter.
When contacted the Police Image Maker, Ben Ugwuegbulam, confirmed the incident.
Ugwuegbulam, said the suspect had been arrested and his in their custody.