Suspect’s death in police custody to be investigated – IGP

By Motunrayo Ajala

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered an investigation into the death of Erasmus Emhenya, a suspect who died while in the custody of the police at the Nyanya Divisional Headquarters, in Abuja.

Erasmus’ mother had claimed that police officers tortured her son to death, while they prevented her from seeing her during his detention.

She made the allegations on a popular human rights radio and television programme ‘Berekete Family’.

In a police statement, issued on Tuesday, Egbetokun reportedly “expressed his grave concern over the incident”.

He is said to have directed “DIG FCID to immediately commence a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter and forward the report as soon as possible.”

While calming for calm, the statement said that “the police will continually uphold and protect people’s human rights in their day-to-day activities.”

It also assures the public that “erring police personnel who engage in unprofessional conduct” would be dealt with.


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