Ikokwu 5 & Chima killing: Police detain four officers

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* But activists want ‘genital-tormentor’, commander nailed

By Codratus Godson

The police command in Rivers State may have arrested four policemen in connection with the death and extreme torture of Chima Ikwunado and four others but the human rights activists say that is not enough. They want the female police officer who allegedly did evil things with genital organs of suspects arrested. They also want the commander of E-Crack Squad under whose command the torture took place to be brought in.

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The Rivers State Police Command may have arrested four of the five operatives of the E-Crack Squad located at the Mile One Police Division in Mile One, Diobu, Port Harcourt over the killing of a mechanic, Chima Ikwunado, and the extreme torture of four others. The coalition of civil society organization (CSOs) fighting on the matter may not be impressed. They have called for more arrests.

The lawyer to the Chima family, simply named as Chineyere told newsmen that the policemen were being detained at the Rivers State Criminal Investigation Department. She confirmed this shortly after a meeting between the family of late Ikwunado and the Police on Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Chinyere said she was surprised when the Deputy Commissioner of Police asked his men to bring three of the detained officers from the cell during their meeting, while the fourth one was brought in from the hospital where he was being treated.

The state police spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, had last week said the police was investigating the case, but most members of the public did not seem to believe the police especially as it was the same police PRO that had said cause of death was excess sugar in Chima’s body. The national police force had also said they were investigating.

It is not however known when the arrests were made and how come one of the officers is hospitalized.

The CSOs however said they want more arrests, insisting that the female officer who allegedly specialized on dealing with male organs of suspects must be arrested and prosecuted.

Speaking on telephone, the coordinator of the CSOs, Enefaa Georgewill, told this news organ that the commander of the squad must also be apprehended, saying he could not have been innocent in the torture and death that took weeks.