The Akwa Ibom Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a Police Inspector attached to the state police command, Bassey Ikpe, for the alleged murder of a widow.
Odiko Macdon, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo, on Wednesday.
Macdon stated that the police commissioner had instructed the Deputy Commissioner, State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter.
Macdon reiterated the command’s commitment to policing, with great deal of respect for human rights.
The PPRO said that the decision of the police to finally look into the alleged murder was informed by the reports in some dailies and online media in the state.
“The attention of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has been drawn to publications in some dailies and online media to the effect that a police officer attached to the state police command, one Insp. Bassey Ikpe, reportedly beat one Mrs Deborah Nkpenie to death, on January 16.
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“To authenticate this serious allegation, CP Imohimi Edgal, the state Commissioner of Police, has ordered the immediate arrest of the said inspector,” Macdon said.
Eyewitness, who craved for anonymity, said that the incident took place in the morning of January 16, following the invitation of the deceased by the policeman, who was an Investigating Police Officer (IPO) in an ongoing case.
Another eye witness, Mrs Mfonobong Peter, a sister to the deceased, also explained that the said policeman, who is the IPO in an ongoing matter, had personally entered the bedroom of the deceased to forcefully dress her up.
She said that the IPO went wild with the allegation that the deceased was lying about her state of health in order to escape being arraigned in court.
“My late sister was beaten to death by Insp. Bassey Ikpe. He had threatened her repeatedly since this matter came up.
“My sister had waist pains arising from the dislocation she had while caring for her late husband. This made it difficult for her to move about freely.
“She had become almost bedridden because of the difficulty in movement. She was highly hypertensive due to the health complications that led to her husband’s death.
“But this policeman refused to heed the advice of the Deputy Commissioner of Police. I don’t know what personal interest he had in the matter.
“He had forced her to come to the police station so that they could appear in court on a fictitious criminal charge, against the advice of the deputy commissioner of police the previous day.
“He beat my sister to death,” she alleged.
The sister and the brother of the late husband took the deceased to the police over her late husband’s property.