The Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Mile 3, Nkpolu Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Baridon Monsi and nine other police officers have been arrested over the death of 16-year-old Abdullahi Idris.
The South-South, South-East Coordinator of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Alhaji Musa Saidu, who confirmed the incident to our reporter in Port Harcourt said Abdullahi Idris, who had only been in Port Harcourt for two weeks, was a wheel barrow pusher from Tambura in Gezawa Local Government Area of Kano State before his untimely death.
He said the deceased was hired to carry a generator set by someone whose identity could not be ascertained at press time. He said while conveying the generator set, the deceased was accosted by a group of boys who accused him of stealing the generator.
He said the deceased was beaten up mercilessly by the boys before he was arrested and detained on the orders of the DPO in charge of Mile 3 Nkpolu Police Station.
He said all pleas made by the deceased that the generator was not stolen but was being conveyed for a client was rebuffed by the DPO. “We called the DPO and he asked us to come back in the evening. When we got back, we could not see the DPO.
We called his line severally and he did not pick his calls. When we inquired further we were reliably informed that the DPO ordered his men to shoot the boy before the evening appointment he gave to us,” Saidu said.
He said the leaders of Hausa community in Rivers State took the matter to the Commissioner of Police who, he said, went to the station to find out the true situation.
He said before the commissioner could get to the station the deceased has been shot and buried on the orders of the DPO. “The DPO lied to the commissioner that the deceased was shot because he (deceased) and his group wanted to shoot him. The DPO took the commissioner to where the deceased was buried and the commissioner ordered that the body should be exhumed.
“He also directed that both the DPO and other police officers involved in the death of the deceased should be arrested.” He said the DPO and nine other police officers involved in the alleged killing of the deceased are in police detention.
He condemned the killing of the innocent boy and called on the Inspector General of Police to ensure that those responsible for the death of Idris are brought to book.
When contacted Rivers State Police Command spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said he was aware of the matter.
He said that investigation is on to unravel the circumstances behind the incident.