28 C
Lagos
Thursday, December 3, 2020
Subscribe to News360 Info by Email
Home News Metro Family of boy allegedly killed by “drunken” constable demands N100m

Family of boy allegedly killed by “drunken” constable demands N100m

Invest In Mutual Funds Like A Hero

The Nneibo maternal family of late Friday Arunsi, allegedly murdered on April 17, by a “drunken” police constable at Ebem Ohafia in Abia is asking for N100 million compensation.

The family, represented by Chief Kingsheart Ukpai, is also asking for justice in a petition filed before the Abia Judicial Panel of Inquiry on police brutality and extra judicial killings, through its Counsel, Mrs Ngozi Ukwueni.

Ukpabi told the panel on Wednesday in Umuahia that the family was demanding justice and compensation for the “brutal killing of a promising young man” by a policeman.

The defendant was attached to the Ohafia Divisional Police Station, when the incident happened.

Ukpabi, who was led in evidence by the Defence Counsel, SP Stanley Ofoegbu, said that the 19-year-old deceased was the breadwinner of his family.

Narrating how the boy was killed, Ukpabi said that constable, who was said to be drunk at the time of the incident, shot and killed the boy, while he was unloading essential goods from a truck in front of a shop during the COVID-19 lockdown.

He said: “Three policemen were coming back from a drinking spree in their private car about eight poles away from the shop.

“The driver lost control, while the car veered off the road and rammed into the truck.

“The policemen quickly jumped out of their car and asked the boys to stop unloading the goods.

“While this was going on, the constable rushed to his house to pick up his rifle and immediately started shooting sporadically, hitting Friday in the process.”

He said that the deceased was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital from where he was referred to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.

Ukpabi said that the boy was confirmed dead upon arrival at the hospital.

He further told the panel that his remains were deposited at the hospital’s morgue and that efforts made by his relatives for the police to release his body for burial had been unsuccessful.

However, the defence counsel wondered why the petitioners were still asking for justice, when the suspect “is already facing justice”, having been detained at the Umuahia Correctional Centre.

Ofoegbu prayed the panel to grant him an adjournment to enable him to continue with the cross examination of the witness at the next sitting.

The petitioner’s counsel did not oppose the application.

The Chairman of the panel, retired Justice Sunday Imo, thereafter, adjourned the matter to Dec. 1 for continuation of the hearing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 17-member panel, which was set to investigate cases of police brutality, extra judicial killings and other related matters, began sitting in Umuahia on Nov. 10.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

- Advertisment -

Most Popular

Why Boko Haram has not been crushed – Army

The Nigerian Army said Boko Haram has not been vanquished in light of the fact that the fear monger bunch is upheld...

Aisha Buhari seeks funding to fight Gender-Based Violence

Aisha Buhari has called for adequate funding and harmonization of existing laws to incorporate emerging issues in the fight against Gender-Based Violence...

Six cultists captured while battling over gun deal

Four Lagos-based speculated cultists and two others have been captured by men of the Ogun State Police Command in Odogbolu.

Lagos CP slams banks over bullion van thefts

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has disliked what he portrayed as the languid perspectives of banks and monetary organizations...

Recent Comments