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Nigerian Policemen Shot Son Dead in His Mother’s Presence

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Nigerian Policemen Shot Son Dead in His Mother’s Presence

Oct 29, 2011 – Nigerian Policemen Shot Son Dead in His Mother’s Presence

Here is another sad story of Police Brutality in Nigeria Naijan.com culled from Vanguard News.

As 25-year-old Emmanuel Victor, an indigene of Opubo Nkoro in Rivers State, left home for church in the morning of October 16, 2011 with his mother and siblings, there was no inkling  he would not  return home.

But that  was to be his last outing on earth as some trigger happy cops not only put paid to his ambition of studying law at the university by cutting him down at his prime but also left his mother, Mrs. Grace Victor, and siblings devastated.

The  killing of Emmanuel that Sunday afternoon, some distance from a police checkpoint along  Sani Abacha expressway in the heart of Yenagoa, came barely five months after his arrival in the state capital to assist in  the family business as a marketer.

He was killed right in the presence of  his mother who watched in horror.

The deceased was shot severally, even after he had hit the ground. His offence? He was said to have challenged the police, asking them why even on Sunday they could not go to church but chose to  extort  money from commercial bike operators and other road users…that they often run for cover when they see armed robbers while they intimidate innocent, law abiding Nigerians.

Emmanuel is not around to give his own side of the story as his killers were alleged to have claimed that they acted in self defence when the deceased lunged at them with scissors and, in the process, injured three of them.

This claim was,  however, debunked by eyewitnesses who insisted that the injuries on the policemen were self-inflicted to cover up the murder.

Narrating her ordeal, the bereaved mother, Mrs. Victor, said her son was killed in her presence by the policemen who shot repeatedly at him even after he had fallen on the ground.

The woman, in shock, noted that her son was cut down in his prime by those who were supposed to protect him, lamenting that he only came to Yenagoa in May, 2011 to work in the family business as a marketer and was not the type to move anyhow.

According to her, Emmanuel had nursed the ambition of studying law at the university.

Mrs. Victor, who gave a graphic account of what transpired that fateful day amidst sobs, said, “After the close of church, I came out and boarded a commercial motor bike and, not far from where I took off, I heard gun shots. I was scared and told the bike operator to stop for us to take cover.

“All of a sudden, I saw my son running and being chased by the police. Police vans were parked on both sides of the road.

And, when I discovered that it was my son they were chasing and about shooting, I ran towards one of their officers  close to one of the vans. I told him, `please, that is my son, he is a brother (that is a believer)’.

“By this time, they were corking their guns. And, by the time the officer I approached could signal his colleagues to stop; they were already shooting at my son.”

Continuing, she said: “I saw him shoot with my two eyes, no mercy at all, they shot him brutally. As he fell while they were shooting him, the tallest of them still continued shooting at him on the ground to his satisfaction before he stopped. My son was holding a Bible when he was shot. I rushed, as a mother, to go and attend to him but they threatened that if I didn’t move back, they would shoot me. They made me to move back. I did not see any of the policemen with any stain of blood then. But they just picked his Bible and drove off. It was another police vehicle that came and picked him.”

According to the mother, though she was not there when the matter started between her son and the policemen,  eye witnesses said the late Emmanuel made certain statements when he saw the cops  extorting money from Okada riders and other road users….that the action of the policemen  was wrong and that if they see armed robbers whether they would stay. “He even asked them that …even on Sunday, why they won’t go to church and leave extortion….This infuriated the policemen and they chased him and shot him dead.”

Anger by the action of the policemen especially at a time residents of the state were trying to put behind them the excesses of the outlawed Famou Tangbe security outfit, the Civil Liberties Organisation, Bayelsa State Chapter has vowed to take up take up the matter to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book and called on the state commissioner of police to, as a matter of urgency, institute an investigation to unravel the circumstances that led to the killing of the youth.

The CLO, in a statement in Yenagoa by it’s secretary, Comrade Alagoa Morris, described the killing as one too many by the police in the state, saying, “We want these extra-judicial killings to stop and perpetrators made to face the law of the land.

“Now, no matter what happened, even though police statement is saying the boy was smoking hemp and even tried to fight them when they challenged him, can a 25-year old young man over power all those police officers that chased him? Was it proper to shoot at an unarmed Nigerian? Has the police the right to pass judgment and also sentence to death? These are few of the questions that the CLO and concerned Nigerians would like the police authorities to give answers to.”

Reacting to the incident, Governor Timipre Sylva called on the people of Bayelsa to go about their lawful business without any fear of harassment, intimidation or harassment even as he called on the new commissioner of police, Mr. Hillary Okpara, to investigate the alleged extra-judiciary killing at the police checkpoint in the state capital.

The state governor, in a statement by his chief press secretary I, Mr. Sampson Atasia Oburu, said “his administration is founded on the premise of justice, fairness and respect for the rule of law and would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens being killed or maimed unjustly.”

Sylva expressed sadness over the incident and “commiserates with the family of the deceased and worshippers of Christ Embassy Church, Yenagoa”

God have mercy on us, these are the people in charge of protecting us , see how deadly they have become !

18 Comments

18 Comments

  1. Queen

    October 30, 2011 at 5:34 AM

    This is sad news.why are guns even given to terrorist in police uniform.pls keep us informed about how these terrorist were brought to book.

  2. carol

    October 30, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Those policemen will never go unpunished.I sympathise with the family of the deceased.May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  3. Tagar Linda

    October 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Dis’s injustice,,,firing an unharmed citizen…wer’s safety?…why much talkin, we nid action…Oh Lord protect us 4rm d wicked.

  4. Gabby

    October 30, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I prefer armed robbers 2 nigeria police

  5. teekay Badru

    October 30, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    NIGERIA POLICE ARE CRIMINAL,TERRORIST&ARMED ROBBER.I think that goverment should change their uniform 4rm black to white coz theire black uniform is sign of evil

  6. Johnson john

    October 30, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    if a policeman can’t protect himself,amuch mor let 4him 2protect a citizens,d police ned mor work 2do

  7. atinuke

    October 30, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    May god punish all these illiterate police men. I urge every armed robbers in nigeria and da boko haram to be targeting every policeman and killing them too. Dirty policemen!

  8. ruth chika

    October 30, 2011 at 5:04 PM

    Even if he abuse them dey don’t have the right to kill him,i pity the poor woman,God will fight for her Απϑ her family,corruption is much I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ our society,they don’t know that ask U̶̲̥̅̊ are saving the public U̶̲̥̅̊ must learn to tolerate Απϑ be patient I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ every thing U̶̲̥̅̊ do,they have to look for a̷̷̴̐͠ way to find those people Απϑ send them to death Απϑ dey should see how death is
    like.

  9. Joeghana

    October 31, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Nigerian police are not doing the right thing at all. Instead of protecting lives and properties, they collect lives and properties. It’s not fair, for a police man to be collecting bribe from bike riders no matter what the offence may be. Come to think of it, how much are they making from the bike a day? that a police man will develop long throat to collect from them. Nigerian police of now adays are thieves. I hate them. If not for the government power they operate on, God knows am ready to bring anyone known to be a nigerian police DOWN. Those police men should be sentenced to death by hanging. STUPID PEOPLE.

  10. Joeghana

    October 31, 2011 at 5:59 AM

    Federal government should collect guns allocated to police men from them.

  11. charles edafe

    October 31, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    those police dat shot d boy,should brought out nd killed.

  12. jessica chimaobi

    October 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    i hate nigerian police cos dey r worst dan armed robbers.dos guys shuld be sentenced a death by shootin so dey can feel d agony of death…foollllsss.

  13. Gynee

    October 31, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    it’s so disheartning dt our judicial system is corrupt and not functional. Cases like this happened in the past and the culprits went scort free. Nigerian leaders are pretending to be asleep cos they are self centered. May Allah see us through this oppression, amen.

  14. okonedo festus

    November 1, 2011 at 12:04 PM

    we dont have police in nigeria,what we have are bouch of stake illitrate,armmen in nigeria police uniform,who cannot even write their name,dont known how to drive but want to control traffic,without any idea of traffic sign.they ve kill enough innocent citizen.if i will be in position,i will gather them and slaughter them like ram also.

  15. Tg

    November 1, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Dos pepetrator of d dastadly act shuld sentnc by hangin fools

  16. whyteface

    November 2, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    wat do we have in dis country….is it a police force or police robbery team

  17. Jimmy Richard

    November 2, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    The police force should be able to know that at this time there are dealing with human beings and not animals that they can kill anyhow.In this case i think that they were only overwhelmed by their emotions despite the fact that the deceased is not here to tell his own story.They only took the matter too far because the deceased was not with any arm therby sentencing him to death (Illegal).This inccident is very painfull as i couldn’t it while reading it but its only God that will console the mother because this is what the world is turning into.

  18. ijeoma

    November 6, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    police men? no wonder they die like chickens. Foolish people, thives

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