Police Corporal Kills Nursing Mother With 3 Month Old Baby Because of N20 Bribe

A police corporal attached to Isheri-Oshun Division in Lagos, Wednesday night, shot  at a moving tricycle along Isheri/ Ijegun road, killing the wife of the operator, Idongesit Ekpo, who was nursing a three month old child, on the spot.

Doctors at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, are still battling to save the life of her husband Godwin Ekpo, who was also hit by a bullet.

Consequently,  Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, has ordered the immediate arrest of members of the team on duty that night.

The arrested team members include Sergeant Benson Ahambo, Corporal Augustine Telenundu, Corporal Onu Samuel and Corporal Musefun Aremu.

Owoseni has also queried the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of the division for allowing his men to operate with an unmarked police vehicle.

Eyewitnesses said  the tricycle operator was returning from church with his wife and four children between the ages of 1 and 12 in the tricycle, when the police corporal flagged him down asking for the usual N100 bribe.

But Ekpo refused to stop to give the policeman money, arguing that the passengers were his family members. He later offered N20 but that angered the cops and Ekpo drove away.

Eyewitnesses alleged that the corporal fired some shots into the moving tricycle. The bullet was said to have shattered Mrs Ekpo’s skull while her husband was hit in the jaw.

On noticing the magnitude of his action, the corporal reportedly alerted his team members and they all fled the scene.

Reacting to the incident, the police commissioner said: “The command has quickly responded to the incident.

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Operations, Mr Johnson Kokumo, has been with the tricycle operator in the hospital.

‘’We will do everything within our capacity to ensure that the children and their father are well taken care of at the moment.
“In furtherance of the Inspector General of Police’s stance that the Nigeria Police will not encourage or tolerate any act of barbarism, lawlessness, misuse of fire arms, the corporal that is involved has immediately been taken into custody this morning( yesterday) with necessary disciplinary measures completed. 
‘’He has been charged for murder and will be taken to court tomorrow (today). The DPO has also been issued a query for disobeying the IGP’s instruction that policemen should go about their duty in properly labelled vehicles and be properly dressed.
‘’We have also extended disciplinary measures on the team leader and other policemen with the corporal.”

Meanwhile, tricycle operators took to the streets yesterday to protest the shooting and excesses of policemen attached to Isheri- Oshun station.

The operators, who called on the Police high command stop its officers from extorting commercial transporters.

One of them who simply gave his name as Mukaila, said: “Policemen from Isheri-Oshun Division are making life unbearable for us. We pay N100 in the morning, N50 in the afternoon and N100 at night.

‘’If we fail to give them the money, they will seize your keke and dare us to go and call the CP. That is what they do to Okada riders too.
‘’If you challenge them, they will seize your keke and threaten to shoot you. At times, they will even shoot to put fear into us. It is unfortunate that our colleague’s wife was killed in a reckless manner.”

A female human rights activist, Chinazo Ifechie, who was among the protesters expressed disdain over the manner the DPO at Isheri-Oshun handled the matter.

She told the CP: “ When I got to the station, the policemen beat me up and seized my phone and camera right in the presence of the DPO. As I speak, my phone is still with them.”

Immediately, the CP left for Isheri-Oshun Division where he addressed the policemen and also ordered the release of the activist’s phone.

A relative of the operator, Elizabeth Iniebong, told Vanguard that her brother, Ekpo, was given the tricycle on hired purchase just last month, after staying at home without a job.

The children of Mr Ekpo, Mary, 12; Blessing, 9; Abraham, 7; and 11-month-old Elijah were at the Area ‘M’ command under police protection.

Source: Vanguard 
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