Blessing Agori, a resident of Nkpolu in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, got more than she expected when she invited the personnel of the Inspector-General of Police Monitoring Unit to torture her 47-year-old mother, Mrs Ebi Agori and her siblings over a ‘minor issue.
Narrating her ordeal in the hands the police personnel, Ebi, wife of a retired naval officer, alleged that they shot and killed her 21-year-old son, Daniel Agori.
She explained that the officials arrested her, her two sons – Daniel and David – and a family friend around 10am on May 11, 2019, at their residence – 4, Nyege Close, Gbei Road in Nkpolu, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.
She said, “My daughter is Victor’s lover, who is a police officer with the IGP Monitoring Unit. Blessing refused to prepare some fish that we were to eat and this caused a fight. She then threatened to kill us. She invited the policemen. They came in two vehicles and shot into the air. One of the bullets bruised David’s lap.
“They used a pestle to hit me and Daniel’s girlfriend. They broke all our louvres and took away N200,000 cash from our house. While they were taking us to their base in Aluu, they collected N3,000 from Daniel, and used it to buy fuel. Two of them forced my legs open, and inserted the nozzle of the gun into my private parts. I was bleeding even while I was in their office, there was blood everywhere.”
The woman said on getting to their office in Aluu, the policemen beat Daniel with a pestle and shot him in her presence, adding that the police cooked up a lie that Daniel was a kidnapper and robber.
“The Commander of the IGP Monitoring Unit later confirmed to me that my son is dead. My late son was a footballer and was into hairstyling. They claimed they found a gun in one of the rooms. But I never believed that. They are only saying that after killing him. The police lied against my son after killing him. If there was anything they heard about him, they did not investigate it,” she added.
She called on the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and well-meaning Nigerians to help her get justice over the extrajudicial killing of her son and the ordeal she went through.
Speaking on the case, a lawyer to the Agoris, Ndubuisi Wuwa, said the matter had been reported to the Federation of International Women Lawyers and the state Commissioner of Police, Usman Belel.
He said, “We are preparing to file a case of infringement on the rights of our clients against the IGP, the IGP Monitoring Unit Commander in Aluu, DSP Bello Yusuf, and Victor Ne, Blessing Agori’s boyfriend and a member of the IGP Monitoring Unit in Aluu.
“A suspect is presumed innocent until a court proves otherwise. The suspect was arrested and there was no gun battle. They did not find any gun with him and yet, they claimed they found a gun with him.”