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IG orders new investigation into death of suspect in custody

The Inspector Common of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered a recent investigation into the controversy surrounding the demise of a suspect, Erasmus Emhenya.

Emhenya is alleged to have died on April 10, 2023, in police custody on the Nyanya Divisional Headquarters in Abuja.

Emhenya’s mom, whose latest interview on Human Rights Radio in Abuja went viral final week, accused police of torturing her son to demise whereas he was in custody.

She mentioned that when she went to take meals to her son, she was informed that she couldn’t see him as a result of he was very drained.

The girl added {that a} suspect who shared the identical cell as her son informed her that police had crushed her son the day earlier than, resulting in his demise.

She additionally claimed that police attacked her when she requested for a proof for her son’s demise.

Each the police headquarters and the FCT police command denied the allegations.

In an announcement on Tuesday, police spokesperson Muyiwa Adejobi mentioned the IG is worried in regards to the incident and has directed the DIG FCID to instantly start a radical and clear investigation into the matter and ahead the report as quickly as doable.

Adejobi mentioned: “The IG has been alerted to the controversy surrounding the demise of a younger man named “Erasmus Emhenya” who reportedly died on April 10, 2023 in police custody on the Nyanya Divisional Police Headquarters, FCT, and has due to this fact ordered a recent investigation to establish the reason for demise and make sure the prevalence of justice.

“The Inspector Common of Police, who expressed critical concern over the incident, has additional directed the DIG FCID to instantly start a radical and clear investigation into the matter and ahead the report as quickly as doable.”

Adejobi added that the IG had known as on Nigerians to assist the police on this matter, and that beneath his management the police would strengthen respect for human rights.

He mentioned: “The IGP due to this fact appeals for calm and assist from members of the general public on this difficulty whereas making certain that the police will proceed to uphold and defend the human rights of the individuals of their each day actions. He equally assures the general public of the dedication of the police to take care of its inner management mechanism to take decisive motion and punish any errant police personnel who interact in unprofessional conduct.

“The IGP hereby expresses its condolences to the household of the deceased and prays for the repose of his soul.”

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