Tension, As Police Crushes Mother, Child To Death While Chasing Internet Fraudsters
There was palpable tension on Wednesday in Ebrumede Community in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State as Policemen from Ebrumede Divisional Headquarters who were chasing suspected internet fraudsters along the DSC Expressway crushed a commercial tricycle conveying a mother and her baby to death.
The tricycle operator and other passengers also sustained serious injuries.
Angry mob promptly set the police Hilux patrol van ablaze.
The latest killing is coming four months after the #ENDSARS# protests in Nigeria.
When contacted for comments, the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya in a telephone chat with our Correspondent, could not confirm if it was policemen that actually caused the death of the woman and her baby.
She said, “I am talking with them. They’re still trying to find out what happened. So, we want to know what really happened.”
The Warri Area Commander of the Nigeria Police Force, ACP Mohammed Argungun in a telephone chat said, “Am on the way to Ebrumede to ascertain what actually happened. For now, am not in position to tell you what the situation is on ground. Whatever the situation is, we will pass a message across and the Command and PPRO will be the one to talk to you.”
Meanwhile, a human rights activist, Comrade Israel Joe in a chat with Our Correspondent said, “It is too early for the police to start engaging in certain activities that led us into the recent #EndSars protest across Nigeria and the world.
“It is a pity and an innocent woman and her child has lost their lives to the activities of incompetence and insecurity.
While noting that the state governor has promised to create a security and human rights committee in addition to the present Judicial Panel of Inquiry, “We believe such a committee would take care of these issues, bring those involved to book and compensate victims of police and military brutality.
“We are right now accessing the situation and if something tangible is not done another protest looms.”