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The Rivers State Police Commissioner, Tunji Disu, has vowed to ensure justice for Nibuti Ekeh, a landlord who was allegedly killed by police officers in Woji community, Port Harcourt.

Eke died on Monday night after being assaulted by several police officers who had been lured by one of his tenants to arrest him after he was evicted from his home over a rent dispute.

Revealing the details of the incident, the deceased’s brother, Solomon Ekeh, said the tenant had invited his brother, a police officer, to deal with a rent dispute with the landlord.

“The tenant did not even properly file a case at Woj Police Station and instead went to his brother who is a police officer. He simply went to ask his brother to help him negotiate with the landlord. ,” Solomon explained.

“The police went there and started manhandling him with the help of the tenant, which led to his death. We saw wounds on his body. The three officers, who were unaware that this act was committed by men in her department, were arrested and are in custody. The complainant is also in custody.”

Eke’s widow was distraught over her husband’s death and told the state police commissioner: “My husband was killed by a police officer. I need justice! My children are fatherless and I have no one left to help me. . Teacher, please give me justice!”

However, the incident caused anxiety among young people in the area and there were fears of reprisals. Traditional rulers, the deceased’s brother, youth presidents and other stakeholders intervened to calm the situation and prevent further violence.

Mr Disu, who only took office last week, visited the community on Tuesday and assured residents that the police officers responsible for Mr Eke’s death would be held accountable.

He said the three police officers involved have been arrested and are in custody at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

“Justice will be served. Those involved have been arrested and investigations are ongoing. I assure her (Eke’s widow) that justice will be served,” Disu says.

However, the police chief urged youths in the area to remain peaceful and allow authorities to carry out a thorough investigation.

He also reiterated the Inspector General of Police’s call for partnership between police and communities in maintaining peace and security.

“What the IGP has been talking about is partnership with communities and stakeholders. That has made it easier to resolve this issue at hand. Elders and traditional rulers have come out and We assisted the police in de-escalating tensions.”


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