Soldiers beat policeman to death for breaching traffic rule

Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni who identified the officer beaten to death by soldiers in Rivers
Tochi Juliet

Reports have it that some group of soldiers allegedly beat a policeman to death in Rivers for breaching traffic rule.

The Rivers State Police Command through the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, has identified the inspector beaten to death as Inspector Hosea Yakubu.

Nnamdi Omoni added that the details surrounding the incident were still sketchy.

According to Punch News, It was learnt that Hosea was beaten to a pulp by soldiers attached to a company for driving against the traffic in front of the Eleme Petrochemical Company on Sunday, August 16, 2020.

A brother of the late Hosea Yakubu, who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity, said:

“My brother and two other policemen drove against the traffic because of gridlock, and when they got to the Eleme Petrochemical gate, a soldier in mufti stopped them, and an argument ensued, which degenerated into a fight."

He continued: "One of the soldiers, who joined the fight, used a thick plank to hit my brother in the head and he fell and couldn’t move. He was subsequently rushed to the nearest hospital from where he was referred to the UPTH and admitted to the ICU.

After 24 hours on admission, he gave up. Up till now, neither the police nor the military has said anything or taken action to bring the culprits to justice."

Spokesman of the 6th Division, Nigerian Army, Port Harcourt, Charles Ekeocha when contacted said he had not been communicated as regards the issue.

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