By Abbanaobi-Eku Onyeka
Tragedy struck in the early hours of Wednesday in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, when a policeman allegedly beat up and killed one Ogar Jombo, a two-star officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), for allegedly violating traffic rules.
The incident happened near a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) around Nyanya market, when the deceased was driving his two children and wife.
His children were being taken to school when their father met his untimely death.
Eyewitnesses said the NSCDC officer allegedly made a U-turn on a wrong spot of the road, and was flagged to a stop by the police officers on duty in the area.
Findings revealed that Ogar pleaded that he was rushing to drop the children in school.
Ogar was in uniform and also identified himself as an officer but his calls for espirit de corps fell on deaf ears as the police officers jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle, while the other one descended on him striking him all over his body with a wooden baton.
At a point, his wife and children intervened and pleaded on his behalf but the policemen did not stop the beating.
He was, however, allegedly beaten to a state of stupor and died instantly in the process.
One of his children was quoted as saying: “Please, don’t kill my father; leave my father alone.”
Efforts to get a word from his wife, identified as Ada, proved futile as she was very emotional and cried all through.
According to passers-by, the Police had attempted to take the corpse away with a view to dumping him somewhere, but they intervened and followed them to the hospital where the corpse was deposited.
Bala Ciroma, the Commissioner of Police of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who was at the General Hospital to console the family of the deceased, has ordered the arrest of the officers who committed the crime.
There is palpable tension in the area as youth and relatives of the deceased have vowed to burn down the Nyanya Police Station if the officers involved in the act are not arrested and prosecuted.
The slain officer hails from Otukpo in Benue State and was recently promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Corps (ASC).