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Police under fire for Atsuete murder handling

31 August 2016, 20:15

Rivers - The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) has lambasted police’s handling of the murder of human rights activist and lawyer, Ken Atsuete.

IYC condemned the recent killing as “barbaric” and called for the speedy arrest and prosecution of perpetrators and criticized police’s conduct.

“While we ponder over this irreplaceable loss, we equally frown at the fact that the Nigerian police could not take possession of the victim and the responsibility in seeing to his survival when he was first brought to them. Rather, they only issued Police report (Treatment permit) to the good Samaritans to take him to the hospital,” Bristol-Alagbariya Emmanuel, IYC National Secretary General, said.

He said police must embark on humanitarian services and should always save life first before investigation.

“The police at any instance represent the government, and as such could secured his treatment in that capacity, be it in government or private owned hospitals if they had rendered a helping hand at the circumstance.”

Also read: Renowned lawyer, Atsuete, murdered in Rivers

He said there must be a deliberate collaboration with the Nigerian Medical Association, National Orientation Agency, other human rights organisation and faith based group to properly inform the public to freely assist any citizen in distress.

“Finally, we call on the Inspector General of Police to change the orientation of the Nigerian Police to offer medical help to any victim first, not to see the issuance of Police report (Treatment permit) as the first priority.

"He must also ensure the perpetrators of this evil act are arrested and prosecuted in line with the law, to serve as deterrent to other misguided and vulnerable youths.”

Unknown gunmen killed the legal expert in the Rivers State this past weekend.

“We are still wondering what could have led to this insane act to warrant his life. Most surprising was the fact that he did not die immediately going by public account,” said Emmanuel.

“He was rather abandoned by onlookers due to fear of been implicated or arrested by the police, which is ordinarily the norm in this country,”
claimed Emmanuel.

- CAJ News


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