Charles Nwoke, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
December 21, 2020
Mr. Jimoh Abiodun, a 38-year-old man, was over the weekend murdered in cold blood by a police officer after a brief misunderstanding over an iPhone in the Elenwo community, Obio/Akpor Local Government Council of Rivers State. This is happening just one week after a policeman killed a tricycle operator in the same state.
According to reports, an argument ensued between the father of three and the yet to be identified police officer over the purchase of an iPhone, and out of annoyance, the policeman shot dead Mr. Abiodun. The unfortunate victim was gruesomely murdered in front of a police station.
A civil society group, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, and the Rivers state police command have expressed their total dismay over the extra judicious killing of the poor man. Prince Wiro, the rights group coordinator, called on the police authorities to intervene in the matter and ensure that justice is served.
Joseph Mukan, the Rivers state command Commissioner of Police, said the murderer (policeman), whose identity was not disclosed, had been subjected to psychological evaluation.
In a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers state command, Nnamdi Omoni, the killer cop had been debriefed, detained, and would soon be made to face the law.
Omoni said, “The Commissioner of Police, CP Joseph Mukan, 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.
“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 PPRO said the command had reached out to the family of the deceased and had sympathized with them over the unfortunate incident, promising that justice would be served accordingly and the killer punished according to his offense.