The family of late Ikechukwu Ani, an Enugu trader, has petitioned Police authorities over what they claim to be an extra-judicial killing. The petition asked police authorities to investigate the commander of the anti-cult Police unit in Enugu over torture and bribery.
Ikechukwu Ani was allegedly tortured to death by officers of the Anti-Cultism Unit of the Police in Enugu.
Describing the incident, the pregnant wife of the diseased, Promise Ani, said men of the anti-cult Police stormed their residence at about 2AM. on January 6, and arrested her 28-year-old husband over allegation that he promised to kill policemen that harass members of the public.
She stated that her husband, told her that he never made such statement, and even if he does, the policemen shouldn’t have tortured him for four days without food and subsequently poisoned him to death.
“When they released him to us, my husband told me that those anti-cult people hammered two nails in his head and one in his chest,” promise said.
“He also said because they had starved him for four days, when they gave him something like sprite, he had to drink it because he was famished. He later died in the hospital.”
Promise also said, since Ikechukwu’s death, the Police had made monetary advances to the family, persuading them to bury the late Ikechukwu.
Commenting on the development, the state police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed that an investigation will quickly commence on the matter.
“We cannot throw it to the wind. We will find out what happened. We will check the circumstance that led to his death,” Amaraizu said.
“I can assure you that whoever is indicted will not go unpunished. It is a very unfortunate incident. The Commissioner of Police doesn’t condone such actions.”