The family of a 30-year-old man, Emeka Uyamadu, has accused policemen attached to the Kabba Police Station of torturing him, which led to his eventual death at the Federal Prison, Kabba, Kogi State.
The family alleged that the policemen had accused Emeka of assault before a magistrates’ court, which remanded him in prison.
It was gathered that Emeka had a disagreement with his brother, Chibuike, over the use of a motorcycle they both shared.
In the course of the disagreement, some soldiers reportedly intervened and handed the brothers over to policemen to resolve the dispute
The policemen took the brothers to the station and allegedly forced Chibuike to make a criminal complaint of assault against his brother before they could be released.
It was learnt that the policemen instructed the brothers to come back the following day to “close the case” with the sum of N40,000.
Their mother, Justina, said the policemen came to her shop the following day to pick up Emeka for failing to show up at the station.
The Anambra State indigene said her son resisted arrest on the grounds that the matter had been resolved, adding that he was subsequently apprehended and tortured.
She said, “On June 12, Emeka and his brother had a misunderstanding in front of my shop. Some soldiers were passing by and they handed the two of them over to the police to settle the issue. The policemen thereafter asked us to come to the station to write a statement; Chibuike said that he was not pressing any charge against his brother but wanted the matter settled amicably.
“We were told to come the following day to close the case, but my children decided not to go because they had already resolved the matter. The policemen showed up at my shop to pick up Emeka the following day.
“They insisted that they must collect N40,000 to close the case and they started beating Emeka when he resisted arrest.
“They continued to beat him till he slumped and while he was on the ground, the policemen used their boots to kick him in the stomach and chest. One of the policemen, called Obasa, said he would deal with him and my son was forcefully bundled into the police van. He was detained in the police station till he was arraigned before the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Kabba.”
The 53-year-old Justina said Emeka was arraigned on three counts bordering on assault and injury at the instance of his brother, and resisting lawful arrest at the instance of the police.