Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Umunze cries to IGP over seizure of their kisman corpse

Umucheke Village in Umunze, Orumba South Local Government Area of Anambra state has petitioned the Inspector General of Police, AIG Suleiman Abba over their kinsman, Emmanuel Eze who was, last week, gunned down by a trigger happy police officer attached to Umunze Divisional Police
Emmanuel was gunned down while on his way home after buying soap from a nearby shop during a protest in Umunze as testified by the deceased younger brother, Mr. Samuel Eze.
Mr Eze decried neglect by the police, admitting that since after the killing, no police officer has come to sympathise with the family, talk more of seeing the corpse of their brother.
Samuel said his family members and other members of Umucheke Village in Umunze where Emmanuel hailed from are not only saddened that their brother was killed, but that police authorities have refused to release his corpse to them.
Recounting how Eze was killed, Mr Samuel said Emmanuel deals in palm kernel in the village market, and  just got back from his business at about 4pm on the fateful day, and after a brief stay with his family decided to buy soap to take his bathe but was hacked down by a police officer who shot him straight in the head.
“On the said day” he said, “some protesters from another village, Ndikpa whose land had been sold, and who were protesting incessant arrest of their youths by the buyer were on their way to the police station on a protest, and were just approaching the station when police officers made to stop them and one drew a pistol and shot Emmanuel who just bought soap to bathe.”
Samuel said his brother, Emmanuel was from Umucheke village, and could
not have been a part of the protest by members of Ndikpa village. He also denied any rift between Emmanuel and anyone, saying that his community had years back donated land to the police in Umunze, and have since then been having a cordial relationship with the police.
“Assuming he was part of the protesters and was attacking the police as they said, he would have been facing the police and would not have been shot in the head from the back”
He said that the death of Emmanuel has posed serious trauma to his family, especially as he is the first son and the breadwinner of the family.
Part of the petition sent to the Anambra State police commissioner and signed by the chairman of the village, Sylvester Madumere and the secretary, Livinus Nwafor called on the police authorities in the state to release the corpse of the deceased and also ensure full burial rite for him.
They also asked that, “The police officer who perpetuated the act should be arrested and prosecuted in line with the law. Adequate compensation should also be paid to the deceased family in view of the fact that he has dependents.”
He said the elders and leadership of the village had visited the DPO of Umunze police division and had been assured that something would be done, but one week after, nothing more have been heard, and the corpse of the deceased have also been seized.
In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO) of Anambra state police command, Mr Uche Eze said the police is willing to release the corpse, but the corpse cannot be released to the streets except the owners come forth.
He added that no sane police man would shoot a man on purpose, except the man constitutes a threat to the society, or to him. He insisted that the police has rules of engagement and may have been violated for the police to have shot.
He recalled that on the day of the protest, the protesters had burnt down a hotel and were advancing to the police station to raze it when the police reacted by dispersing the crowd. He justified the action of the police saying that this may be the reason for the killing.



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