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PANDEF warns police against cover-up of Jackson killing

By Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt
11 January 2022   |   3:18 am
PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has cautioned the Nigeria Police not to cover up the killing of a young Nigerian, Toritseju Emmanuel Jackson, from Delta State, who was murdered in Abuja on Sunday, 12, September 2021.

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PAN Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has cautioned the Nigeria Police not to cover up the killing of a young Nigerian, Toritseju Emmanuel Jackson, from Delta State, who was murdered in Abuja on Sunday, 12, September 2021.

A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of PANDEF, Ken Robinson, said the life of every Nigerian, no matter his or her tribe, religion or status, is sacrosanct and should be so esteemed. 

While condemning the delay and nonchalant manner investigations into the matter are being conducted, the PANDEF spokesman insisted that the Nigeria Police must do everything within its powers, and within the law, to unravel the killers of Toritseju Emmanuel Jackson and bring them to justice.

The statement reads: “PANDEF condemns the attitude of the police in strongest terms and demands that immediate steps be taken to speed up investigation and arrest the masterminds of the murder of our son, Toritseju Emmanuel Jackson.”

He said the killing of the young man was reportedly carried out in front of a popular hotel in the Wuse Zone 4 area of Abuja.

According to him, Toritseju was said to have been picked up by a friend, one Sani Saleh, from his home; they went out to a couple of places and eventually ended up at the hotel, where he was attacked and killed. The family was called in the morning of the next day to identify the body of their son, which was abandoned overnight, in front of the hotel.

About four months after, there has been nothing but excuses and pretexts from the police in Abuja, while those who cut short the life of a promising young Nigerian of Niger Delta extraction are walking freely and perhaps planning their next evil act. 

The police have not provided any substantial feedback on the matter to the family, though all the parties with the deceased at the time of the crime have been arrested, released and rearrested. 

And this reflects the general disposition of the Nigeria Police to cases like this, where people are killed and the perpetrators are never arrested nor brought to book.

“Who killed Toritseju Emmanuel Jackson? The government and the police must provide the answer,” he stressed.

The deceased, until his death, was a law graduate from Buckingham University, in the United Kingdom, who returned home to attend the Nigerian Law School and participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).