Nigerian Entertainer Reveals How Police Assaulted His Father And Smashed His Mouth With Rifle
Nigerian entertainer, Victor Ekpekpe, has recounted the horrific expertise his father had by the hands of cops.
A grasp of ceremonies, Mr Victor Ekpekpe, tells MATTHEW OCHEI how a group of the Inspector Common of Police Monitoring Unit allegedly beat his father, Chief F. I. Ekpekpe, until he misplaced consciousness in Obiaruku, Delta State in June 2020.
What do you do for a dwelling?
I am knowledgeable grasp of ceremonies and an entertainer. I’m a graduate of the College of Benin, Edo State. I graduated in 2015. After I couldn’t get an everyday job, I ventured into leisure. That’s what I do to feed my household.
Have you ever been affected by police brutality?
Sure, my father was brutalised on June 20, 2020 by some evil policemen from the Inspector Common of Police Monitoring Unit. It was very horrible. One Inspector Christopher led the IGP monitoring group to my father’s home.
How did it occur?
I wasn’t round once they got here. They met my father, who’s a chief in Obiaruku Kingdom. They requested for the proprietor of the constructing. They requested if the proprietor was a member of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Pure Fuel Staff and my father stated he was the proprietor of the constructing. They stated they learnt that his son was an Web fraudster as a result of he purchased a Mercedes Benz automotive and my father began laughing, considering it was a joke. So, they informed my father that they had been there to look the home.
My father was stunned so he informed them they might not simply come round 2am to look my home.
He informed them that the police had no proper to look somebody’s home round 2am with no search warrant. They weren’t even in uniform and so they didn’t present their id playing cards. They requested my father if he needed to train them their jobs and stated if his son didn’t give them N2m, the home could be introduced down. And my mum has a foul leg. As she managed to come out, they pushed her and she or he fell down. Then they began beating my father, simply because he demanded to see their search warrant.
They used a rifle to smash his mouth and blood was all around the floor. Three cops outdoors had been taking pictures indiscriminately and ultimately they searched in all places however couldn’t discover something incriminating. But they put my father within the boot of their car and drove a ways. They thought my father was useless in order that they dumped him by roadside. They didn’t keep in mind they’d reported at Obiaruku Police Divisional Headquarters earlier than coming to our home. That was how we had been in a position to get the title.
So, my father returned house with accidents throughout his physique and we took him to the hospital for therapy. Three days later, he fell down as he was strolling on the road. He was rushed to Delta State Administration Board Hospital, Obiaruku, the place it was found that he had inner bleeding.
Are you happy with the latest dissolution of the Particular Anti-Theft Squad?
I don’t consider they need to have scrapped SARS, however my opinion is that they need to finish brutality, extortion, and corruption within the system as a result of we nonetheless want the police. The unhealthy eggs amongst them should be fished out.
What did you do after that?
We wrote a petition and even sued them. We took the matter to the Federal Excessive Court docket, Asaba, Delta State, however until now, nothing has been accomplished about it. They deceive defend their actions however folks can inform once they are mendacity. However who we could cry to? We don’t have anyone to run to that can guarantee we get justice. We’re in a rustic the place human beings are been handled like canines. We went to court docket to get justice however we couldn’t get justice there. We’re pleading for justice. I’m crying as a result of if this might occur to my father in our personal nation, then what ought to we count on outdoors this nation.
Have you ever had some other encounter with the police?
I have had so many encounters with the police. Solely two out of 100 police officers are genuinely working to guard residents. The actions of SARS, particularly these of their workplace at Awkuzu in Anambra State, are very unhealthy. They need to inform me why they got here to my father’s home. Are the policemen extra Nigerian than we’re?
How would you describe #EndSARS protests?
It is the fault of the federal government. They delayed and had been gradual in responding to the protesters. Persons are already indignant with the authorities, so this simply introduced a chance for them to precise their gathered anger.
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