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Policeman killed my husband for N200 — widow of Bayelsa driver

Evelyn Asiayei, widow of Bayelsa driver Banalayefa Asiayei, speaks to VICTORIA EDEME concerning the circumstances surrounding her husband's demise

How Have you ever heard about your husband's demise?

My identify is Evelyn Onome Asiayei. My husband was from Bayelsa State however I’m from Delta State. I received married to Banalayefa Mark Asiayei on March 25, 2017 and we have now three kids. I’m 33 and my husband would have turned 40 in August. I used to be at residence when my neighbor from the market referred to as me round 8pm on Monday, Could 27, 2024. She advised me that she had obtained a name from her buyer who visits our Level of Sale store saying that my husband had been shot.

After I heard this, I referred to as my neighbours for assist because it was already late. We contacted my neighbour’s shopper to ask if my husband was nonetheless there however we had been advised that he had been taken to Federal Medical Centre in Yenagoa. On our approach, we met a good friend of my husband who lives in our avenue. He took us to FMC in his automobile.

After I received to FMC, we requested on the gate they usually confirmed that somebody was rushed to the emergency room. I instantly received out of the automobile and ran to the emergency room, the place I noticed my husband’s brother. I requested him the place my husband was, as a result of I had already referred to as his elder sister to tell her. My husband’s brother advised me that my husband was within the automobile.

When he advised me this, I didn’t know methods to really feel. I walked to the automobile and noticed my husband in it. I requested if he had been taken care of, however they mentioned that wasn’t mandatory as a result of my husband was already useless. This was somebody I had seen that day round 6pm. I couldn’t perceive what had occurred. He couldn’t simply be useless. That’s how I received the information.

What had been your final moments along with your husband?

I used to be with him round 6pm that evening once we closed the market. He gave me cash to go and cook dinner as a result of he was going to drop us off earlier than he picked up passengers that evening. Since he was speaking to somebody, he advised us to go so we wouldn’t have to attend as a result of I needed to cook dinner. So I took my youngsters and went residence. I left whereas he was nonetheless speaking to the individual within the store. I promote equipment, soaps, lotions, garments, baggage, footwear and different style gadgets. I additionally promote pure water and drinks. It’s only a small store that I run. I promote every kind of issues, so if I don’t get prospects for one product, perhaps I’ll for an additional.

What was the following step after your husband was declared useless?

My husband’s brothers had been indignant. From the hospital, they took him to Authorities Home as a result of it was a police officer who shot him. In line with my in-laws, one of many passengers was nonetheless within the automobile when the police officer shot my husband. The witness advised them the whole lot that occurred they usually received indignant. They took the physique to the gate of Authorities Home. They needed to. At first, the law enforcement officials there requested how they had been so positive that it was an officer hooked up to the state safety company, Operation Doo Akpo, who shot him, since there have been many individuals patrolling Azikoro Highway the place my husband was killed. My husband’s household advised them that an eyewitness gave them the variety of the van. In line with the witness, after taking pictures my husband, the police officer received out, checked out him, then received again into their automobile and drove away. As they had been driving, the witness rapidly wrote down the variety of the van. So my husband’s household gave the variety of the van to the officers on the gate they usually made a name.

Who obtained your loved ones after they introduced your husband's physique to the federal government constructing?

They met the policemen there. They mentioned they needed to talk to the governor. About six or seven police vans got here to the compound. They had been those who took my husband’s physique to the morgue. The policemen spoke to my husband’s household. I didn’t know what they had been saying. I used to be simply there crying and begging my husband to get up. I referred to as my pastor and once we had been praying, I put my telephone on his chest. I didn’t even know who took the telephone from his chest. They stole my telephone and I needed to get my quantity again. The telephone I’m utilizing now could be his telephone.

What do you assume led to the taking pictures of your husband?

I used to be advised by an eyewitness that the police arrested him. I want to add that once we had been going to the market that morning, my husband’s Toyota Sienna stopped reverse Okaka as a result of there was bother. In line with the passenger, the policemen stopped my husband as a result of they needed to gather N200. Earlier than they even shot him, he was already passing by them to park. He had already stopped and was attempting to park the automobile. Earlier than he might park the automobile, they shot him. Then all of the passengers fled from the automobile. One of many passengers within the entrance is an individual who goes to the market and is aware of my husband. After they shot him, the policemen received out of their van to verify on him. They didn’t even take him to the hospital. Even when the taking pictures was a mistake, why not take the individual to the hospital instantly? They left him, received again of their van and drove away.

How was the information of your husband's demise obtained by the household?

The passengers had been screaming for assist. There have been lots of people round they usually had been scared after they noticed a police officer had shot somebody. One among my in-laws got here from work and noticed folks gathered. He requested what was occurring. Then he noticed the Sienna and observed that it seemed just like the automobile of somebody he knew. He ran to the automobile. The horn was nonetheless on as a result of my husband’s head was on the steering wheel. He raised his head and noticed that it was my husband. He was shocked. He ran to my husband’s sister to name her. It was my sister-in-law who then referred to as their brother. Their brother drove from INEC Samphino to that place to take my husband to FMC. Once they received to FMC, I don’t assume they even took him out of the automobile as a result of I received there late. It’s like they checked him within the automobile and mentioned he was useless.

A reported eyewitness account advised that the police officer demanded cash out of your husband, however he refused, saying he didn't have any. Is that this one thing you heard as nicely?

I didn’t hear that. They mentioned they pulled him over, however I don’t know if he spoke to the police officer as a result of I wasn’t there. When this stuff occur, we regularly hear completely different tales. What I do know is that the automobile had issues that day. From what was mentioned, he was about to park and cease after they got here and shot him.

What’s the subsequent step on this case?

They mentioned the police officer was of their custody. My husband's household is the one who’s taking over the case.

What did your husband do for work?

We have now a Sienna automobile. So once we shut from the market, he makes use of it to choose up passengers as a result of they’ve banned keke at evening. He picks up passengers and drops them off earlier than he comes again residence round 9pm. My husband and I are all the time collectively on the market. We each run the store there. Once we shut, he drops us off after which goes to choose up passengers. He additionally labored with the Bayelsa State cleansing workforce. He was concerned in cleansing work. He additionally helped me within the store and did electrical and photo voltaic work.

Moreover your job, what else do you do for a dwelling?

I educate part-time. I educate in a personal college. I graduated in music from Delta State College in Abraka. After I began instructing part-time, my husband helped me within the store.

Is he buried?

No, his household has not mentioned something about his funeral. After the protest, they haven’t made any selections.

What protest befell?

The market folks protested as a result of we had been promoting out there. Individuals from our avenue additionally joined them. Individuals had been indignant as a result of my husband didn’t argue with the police and he was not seen with something incriminating. He isn’t a felony. So why ought to they shoot him and let him die? They protested on the freeway the evening he died.

Have been there comparable incidents within the space earlier than your husband's taking pictures?

I heard of an incident within the neighborhood the place they shot a person whose spouse was pregnant or had simply given start. That was every week or two earlier than the incident.

Are there plans for the funeral?

No, as a result of the federal government has not mentioned something. They’re those who’ve to offer him a correct burial.

It's been a month since your husband handed away. How has it been for you?

It wasn’t simple. He was an excellent father and husband. For the three kids I gave start to, I don’t understand how a lot they promote for diapers as a result of he buys them. I’m a lady however I’ve by no means gone to the market to purchase diapers. I don’t understand how a lot they promote for the toothpaste I take advantage of or the cleaning soap I take advantage of to clean myself as a result of my husband buys the whole lot. He solely needed me to inform him when it was operating out, not when it was completed. Within the one month that I’ve bills, I understand how a lot this stuff value. Proper now, our hire is over. Meals, college charges and store hire are nonetheless there. Many issues are going by way of my thoughts now. When my husband died, I spotted how a lot we used to spend on meals. My husband didn’t allow us to go hungry. With the little he had, he took care of his household. It wasn’t simple. I’m wondering the place I’ll begin with the college charges. College is closing in two weeks and the primary semester is beginning once more. I’m going to speak about N200,000 to N300,000 plus for varsity charges, books and the whole lot for 3 kids. My head is full. Daily I feel and calculate. Now I do know why he all the time calculated and wrote down what he needed to do. When he did them, he ticked them off. He didn’t wish to stress himself or put himself beneath strain.

How outdated are your kids? How are they dealing with their father’s demise?

The primary one is just six years outdated, the second is 4 and the final one is 2. I’ve two women and a boy. They’ve been asking about their father. Just a few days in the past they mentioned that I ought to ask daddy to come back and paint the home. They don’t know that their father is useless. I inform them that he’s in Canada. So after they make requests about their father, I ask them to say it and I guarantee them that he would hear them in his home in Canada. They requested me if he had a telephone and I advised them that I used his telephone however that he hadn’t purchased a telephone in Canada but. I advised them that. So after they need to speak, I say, “Communicate, daddy will hear you.” On Father’s Day, they requested me to name their father in order that they may want him a Glad Father’s Day. I simply advised them to say what they needed to say and that their father would hear them in Canada.

How do you get help?

My in-laws, household and associates help me. I get help from them. It hasn't been simple.

What do you anticipate from the federal government relating to your husband's case?

I would like the federal government to offer my kids a scholarship and provides us monetary help. I would like a authorities job. I work in a personal college they usually solely pay you for the month you’re employed. They don’t pay you for holidays. Justice have to be achieved for the police officer who did this. He deserves his punishment. He must be punished for it. He can’t simply stroll away as a result of he took somebody’s life. The governor mentioned on the radio that he would deal with the problem and that individuals don’t have to protest.

Do you assume the problem might be addressed because the governor has promised?

I feel so. All of us agree that for those who say one thing, it is best to be capable of hold your phrase. That's it. So I belief that he would try this, since he mentioned it on the radio. So let's wait till he retains his phrase.

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