Man dies inside police cell in Ebonyi

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He died in hospital ― CP

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A young man identified simply as Ogbonna from Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has reportedly died in police custody after allegedly defecating and urinating in the cell.

Information gathered by Nigerian Tribune revealed that the young man was detained alongside other suspects following a petition against them by a prominent politician in the area.

Ohaneze Youth Leader, Demain Okafor, who is from the area, called for the unconditional release of all those arrested in connection with the said petition, even as he urged the police to contact the immediate family on how to manage the situation.

Okafor also lamented that efforts made by his office to secure the release of the arrested youths from the police custody had proven abortive, adding that since the news of the death of one of the suspects, the community has been in shock.

He said the community would want to conduct an autopsy on the body to determine the actual cause of the death.

Okafor, however, urged the police to always exhibit professionalism in the discharge of their duties and not become tools in the hands of politicians.

He said, “There has been an unfortunate political arrest of Ishiagu Youths by police which has led to the untimely death of one Mr Ogbonnia (the only surviving son of their family) from Ihie Ishiagu in police detention.

“Earlier yesterday (13/09/2021) I received calls that one of the youths arrested died in the police custody.”

When contacted, the Ebonyi State Police Commissioner, CP Aliyu Garba confirmed the death of the suspect but disclosed that the deceased did not die in police custody but in a hospital where he was rushed for medical attention.

According to him, “I was not around when the incident happened but when I asked, I was told that the deceased suspect was beaten up by other detainees because he was said to have urinated and defecated inside the cell.”

Garba said that the suspects who beat the deceased to death have all been arrested and are currently being interrogated.

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