Family accuses Kogi police of killing two members, friend

The Kogi State Police Command has commenced investigation into the killing of three persons in Ejegbo, Ankpa Local Government Area of the state in questionable circumstances.
The victims, Julius Maha, Emmanuel and one of their friends, were allegedly killed by some policemen from the Ankpa Division of the Nigerian Police Force who stormed their home in the early hours of Thursday June 23, 2016.

Our correspondent, however, learnt that the case file of the incident had been transferred to the homicide department of the police for further investigation while no fewer than seven police officers had been arrested in connection with the matter.

A source who craved anonymity said, “The police have on the instructions of the Commissioner of Police swung into action. The matter is being investigated by the homicide department. The police have visited the Ankpa community and have interrogated about seven policemen including the Divisional Police Officer and the medical doctor who allegedly issued a coroner’s report.”

A rights activist and lawyer to the family, Mr. Tony Ejumejowo, in a petition to the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, obtained by our correspondent in Abuja, alleged foul play in the incident.

He claimed that unknown gunmen who were later discovered to be policemen attached to the Ankpa Division of the Nigerian Police Force stormed the home in the Onoja Ogbagidi family while they were asleep and killed the victims.

He said, “The said policemen, without warrant and without any information or explanation as to the purpose of their unholy visit, forced their way into one of the houses in the compound belonging to their (deceased’s) late father, Chief Major Daniel Maha (retd), the Adoja Ejeh of Ankpa.

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