Anger as police officer ‘kills’ mourner in A’Ibom

Tempers are high in the oil city of Eket in Akwa Ibom State following the killing of one Emmanuel Dickson by a policeman identified as Awana Jacob.

The deceased was said to have been shot dead on Sunday allegedly from an accidental discharge by the police officer during a burial ceremony at Edoho Ukpong Street, Eket.

But eyewitnesses and family members of the deceased said the deceased was intentionally shot dead by the police officer.

It was gathered that the deceased was shot dead while trying to jump over a fence to escape after a police team invaded a burial ceremony in the area.

The chairman Ukwa Village council, Elder Samuel Etukudoh condemned the gruesome killing of the victim and called for justice.

He said that the incident occurred when a police team invaded the venue of the burial ceremony and caused the mourners to scamper in various directions to escape.

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According to him the deceased was shot by one of the officers in the team while trying to jump over a fence to escape from them.

He said “It was about 8am when my wife called to notify me of the incident. My wife is the sister to the deceased. I was informed that my brother in-law came back from the opening of a mourning house, just to tidy himself and go back again.

“Eventually, the police bashed into the compound. They have a cultural group called Nkotriko. So, the police just bashed in and they started running and this boy in question jumped from the fence just to escape and the police shot him dead and what he is trying to tell us is that it is an accidental discharge.

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“When I was informed I had to call the DPO and he said he has just received the information. The following day I called the commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme.”

An elder sister to the deceased, Princess Nelly Dickson, expressed shock over the untimely demise of her younger brother, adding that she was yet to see the corpse.

“It was on Sunday, I was in a salon,my mum called me to come to the house. When I arrived I saw a large crowd in the compound and I went straight to meet with my parents to know what was happening.

“They told me that my brother went to a mourning house and some people were telling them to rush that some policemen came and were shooting. And when the police left they were asking the officer, I hope you have not shot anybody and they asked him about three times. Only for them to go back and informed the DPO about what happened. It was on Monday that the DPO called us. As iam speaking to you I have not seen my brother’s corpse” she lamented.

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However, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon when contacted, said information on the incident was still sketchy.

“What I have about that issue is still skeletal and you know me that I don’t speak on an issues which I don’t have enough knowledge about,” Macdon said

THE NATION

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