A Police officer said to be attached to Elelewon Police Divisional headquarters at Obio/Akpor Local Government area of Rivers State has reportedly shot dead one Jimoh Abiodun a native of Kwara state over an iPhone.
Brother of the deceased, Ismaheel Jimoh told sisi Port Harcourt that Police officers on patrol stopped him and his brother while they were on riding motorbike going back home on Friday night 18,December 2020, searched them and saw nothing except their ID cards and iPhone and other mobile phone.
He said one of the Police Officers insisted on taking them to the Police station at Elelewon which they obliged adding that at the front of the station one of the Police officers asked them to bail themselves but that he insisted that they had only 1500 naira left .
According to Ismaheel,other Police officers told the officer who reportedly shot his brother dead to let them go since nothing incriminating was found on them but the officer refused.
Mr Ismaheel revealed that while the Officer who was drunk was beating his brother at the front of the Police station, he heard two gunshots and when he turned back to see where the shots were coming from, he saw his brother was lying on the floor.
The victim was immediately evacuated for medical attention . They arrived the University of Port Harcourt Hospital after three other hospitals declined treatment. The victim died the following day at the UPTH.
Meanwhile, the wife of the deceased ,Mrs Azeezat Omolara Jimoh who wept uncontrollably while speaking to Journalists expressed shock that her husband was killed for no reason . She called on the Rivers State Government, the Police authority in the state and well meaning Nigerians to come to their aide in her search for justice.
In his reaction, a Human Rights activist, Prince Wiro expressed worry at the prevailing trend of killing of innocent citizens by Police officers .
Wiro called on the Commissioner of Police to immediately open an investigation into the incident with a view to prosecuting any of his officers found culpable.
Our correspondent reports that the deceased,Abiodun Jimoh is a staff of INTELS in Onne, Eleme Local Government area of Rivers State and is survived by his wife and three Children aged six,four and one year
A press statement issued by the state command of The Nigeria Police says that “The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph G. Mukan psc (+) has condemned in the strongest terms, the killing of a civilian by a Police Sergeant serving at Elelenwo Police Station.
‘ The sad incident happened at the Station, where the Sergeant without justification shot the Victim, Abiodun Jimoh who was immediately rushed to the Hospital but later died. His remains have been deposited in the Mortuary.
” The incident is being investigated and the outcome will be communicated to the public. Meanwhile the Police Sergeant who carried out the dastardly act is in custody for debriefing and psychological evaluation. His Orderly Room Trial will commence in earnest, for possible arraignment.
” The Command is in touch with the family and has commiserated with them over the unfortunate incident and has assured them that the interest of justice will be served in the circumstance, while appealing for calm and allow the law to take its full course”