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Idoma group condemns killing of civil defence officer by policemen


[FILES] FCT, Abuja

A sociocultural group, Ochetoha K’Idoma, formerly known as Idoma National Forum, has condemned the killing of an Idoma indigene, Mr. Ochigbo Ogar Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), allegedly killed by policemen during a traffic control duty in Abuja last week.
A statement by the group’s president, Amali Adoya Amali, said: “We are shocked that the late officer was said to be in uniform and conveying his family in his vehicle when policemen on traffic control duties around Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) stopped him and battered him to death on March 20.
“Where is the Esprit- de – Corps among service personnel? The least acceptable standard is that the Nigeria Police Force should immediately arrest the policemen alleged to be involved in this dastardly act and commence internal disciplinary actions against them preparatory to appropriate legal actions against them in the court of law to ensure that justice is done.

This extra-judicial killing must stop. Punishment for traffic offences should not be death. Therefore, an example must be made of the officers to serve as a deterrent to others.”

The group further urged that a proper autopsy be conducted. “We reject in its totality the claim by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Frank Mba, that the deceased slumped and died during interrogation. We, therefore, request that a proper autopsy be conducted,” Amali said.

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