The family of Kubiat Isaac Akpan, a fresh graduate of University of Uyo, who died in police detention in Akwa Ibom, has demanded the prosecution of all the officers involved in his death.
The 28 years old Kubiat, a graduate of Architecture awaiting his NYSC mobilisation, was on Sunday arrested by a team of police officers led by one ASP Micheal Joweigha at Eni stores, Uyo, the state capital.
The deceased was said to have been reportedly tortured to death by the officers while in custody even as the autopsy result confirmed that late Kubiat had brain injuries and couldn’t have survived the torture.
But the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon had in a statement said that Kubiat had complained of an I’ll health while in custody and was taken to a police clinic where he unfortunately gave up the ghost, adding that the Commissioner ordered the arrest of the said ASP Michael.
The family of Late Kubiat speaking through its lawyer, Inibehe Effiong (Esq) in a press conference held on Wednesday at D’Angelo hotel and suits Uyo, said not only ASP Joweigha should be arrested but other officers involved in the torture adding that injuries all over the corpse was an indication that Kubiat was gruesomely murdered by group of police officers and not only the detained ASP Micheal.
The family also demanded that the Divisional Police Officer of ‘B’ division Ewet Housing be suspended from office, noting that, the aunt to late Kubiat put a call across to him (DPO) but he (DPO) was nonchalant in saving the situation, an indication that he lacks the capacity to take full control of men under him.
The family also demanded for the removal of the command’s spokesperson, Odiko Macdon, for lying against the deceased who was never sick, saying that such lies had made him lose public trust.
The lawyer also called on the state commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme to, as a matter of urgency, pay a visit to the deceased family to condole with them.
His words, “We demand that all police officers who took part in this murder not only Micheal Joweigha should be arrested immediately and prosecuted. It would amount to no justice for a single officer to be prosecuted in an offense that was committed by a team of police officers.
“Secondly, we are asking that the commissioner of police, Andrew Amiengheme, visit the family and condole with them. The DPO of ‘B’ Ewet Housing has questions to answer. Kubiat aunty put a call across to him, yet he failed to act on the situation.
“Also Odiko Macdon should be removed as the Public Relations Officer because the public has lost confidence in him.
“What does he want to achieve by lying against the dead? A case of a boy who struggled to graduate, only son to the parents just murdered by the police? Even this morning, he went to Comfort FM to still tell lies. I don’t know how Macdon will be relating with members of the public who don’t trust him.
“He was talking about armed robbery that never existed. The only time when this country will be a better country will be when public officers are held accountable.”
He lamented that the police officers after torturing him to death made efforts to conceal the murder adding that the call that the victim put cross to the Aunty saved the situation.
According to him, ” Kubiat was able to call the aunty immediately he was arrested. If not for that call we would have been treating an issue of a missing person because after murdering him the police made efforts to conceal the murder.
“They dumped him in the mortuary as an unidentified corpse and refused to tell his family. What they have in their register was Kubiat Bassey whereas the person they killed was Kubiat Isaac Akpan. But I must tell you that they knew what they were doing.”
Also speaking at the press conference, Mmanti Umoh the Coordinator of Youth Alive Foundation called for discreet and open investigation into the arrest as well as series of events that followed the arrest up to his death.
Umoh added that deliberate steps and reforms should be taken to tackle police violence on members of the public.
“We can take steps and make reforms to combat police violence within our law enforcement by placing common-sense limits on police use of force. We pray that God grants the governor wisdom, understanding and the political will to do what is right,” she said.