Police shoots man dead in Port Harcourt over iPhone

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The River state Police Command attached to Elenenwo Police Division has confirmed the killing of Mr. Jimoh Abiodun as a civilian in Port Harcourt.

The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, following the incident, condemned the killing of Mr. Jimoh Abiodun by a Police Sergeant.

The Police Sergeant, whose name is yet to be made public, reportedly shot and killed one Jomoh Abiodun, who is a native of Kwara state, over an iPhone.

Ismaheel Jimoh, the brother to the deceased, explained that the police officers on a patrol van stopped him and his brother while they were on a motorbike going on Friday night 18, December 2020.

Ismaheel explained that “the Police officers searched us and saw nothing except our ID cards and iPhone and another handset. One of the Police Officers insisted on taking us to the Police station at Elelewon, which we obliged.”

Ismaheel narrated that one of the police officers allegedly asked them to bail themselves at the police station entrance, but they replied that they only have N1500 left.

“While this Officer was insisting on payment, other Police officers told the officer who shot my brother dead to let us go since nothing incriminating was found on us, but the officer refused.

“As the Officer who was drunk was beating my brother at the front of the Police station, I heard two gunshots, and when I turned back, my brother was lying on the floor.

“Myself and the other Police officers then took my brother to three different hospitals, but they declined to attend to him, and on our way to the University of Port Harcourt Hospital, the officers drove so rough that my weak brother fell out from the back of the patrol van which made him sustain several degrees of injuries,” Ismaheel said.

Mrs. Azeezat Omolara Jimoh, the deceased’s wife, wept uncontrollably while speaking to the reporters in Port Harcourt and expresses shock that her husband was killed for no reason.

Azeezat calls on well-meaning Nigerians, Rivers State Government, and the police authorities to come to her aides.

SP Nnamdi Omoni, the Rivers State Police Command, stated that the incident is currently being investigated, and the outcome will be communicated to the public soon.

“The Police Sergeant who carried out the dastardly act is in custody for debriefing and psychological evaluation. His Orderly Room Trial will commence in earnest, for possible arraignment.

“The Command is in touch with the family and has commiserated with them over the unfortunate incident and has assured them that the interest of justice will be served in the circumstance while appealing for calm and allow the law to take its full course,” the statement reads.

The report has it that Abiodun Jimoh was a staff of INTELS in Onne, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State and is survived by his wife and three children aged six, four, and one.

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