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Order police to release my husband, widow tells panel

A widow, Comfort Amiefori, has demanded the corpse of her husband, who, she alleged, died in the custody of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Unit at the Borikiri Police Station, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in 2019.

Amiefori, who hails from Emilaghan community in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of the state, made the demand when she appeared before the Rivers State Judicial Commission of Inquiry on police brutality on Wednesday.

She said her late husband, Kinoye, was invited by the then Divisional Police Officer of Abua Police Station, who was his friend, but never returned from the visit.

Amiefori also accused the police officer in charge of the case, Dauda Abraham, of demanding N300, 000, saying the body of her late husband was deposited at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital without her knowledge.

Amiofori appealed to the panel to compel the Rivers State Police Command to release the corpse of her husband for burial.

She said, “On May 18, 2019, the DPO of Abua/Odual called my husband on phone that he wanted to see him. Some hours later, I called his line but he didn’t pick.

“So, I went to the police station and ask of him. He (the DPO) said I should go home and relax that my husband would come home on Monday.

“That Monday, I didn’t see my husband. So, I asked the DPO where my husband was. He said my husband would come back. The next news I heard was that my husband was dead.

“Dauda Abraham is the one they handed my husband to when I went to the police station at Borikiri. He said I should give him N300,000 before he would say anything to me.

“I want the government to help me tell Dauda and the mortuary people to bring out my husband for me to bury him.”

The chairman of the panel, Justice Chukwunenye Uriri (retd.), adjourned the matter till December 9.

Bibiyobra: Thursday, 3 December 2020 at 12/03/2020 08:43:00 pm


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