Tragedy struck in the early hours of Wednesday in Nyanya, 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 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 on their way to school. It was gathered that he made a U-turn at the wrong spot, but was flagged 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.
However, all entreaties made by the deceased fell on deaf ears, as one of the police officers jumped on the bonnet of the vehicle, while the other one descended on him with a baton. At this point, his wife and children intervened and pleaded on his behalf. He was, however, allegedly beaten to a stupor and died in the process.
One of his children was quoted as saying: “Please, don’t kill my father; leave my father alone.”
When newsmen visited the Asokoro General Hospital, the remains of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue, while his wife and some sympathizers were seen weeping profusely.
Efforts to get a word from his wife, identified as Ada, proved futile as she was very emotional.
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 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).
Meanwhile The Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered a comprehensive and speedy investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an Assistant Superintendent of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ogar Jumbo.
Jumbo was allegedly clubbed to death by two traffic wardens in the Nyanya area of Abuja last Wednesday during a confrontation with the police officers.
His widow, Ada, had alleged that the deceased was dragged on the ground to the police station by the errant wardens, stressing that the policemen delayed in taking him to the hospital when it was obvious that he was dying.
The IG, in a statement condoled with the deceased’s family, the Commandant-General of the NSCDC, friends and professional colleagues of the deceased, assuring them that “everything humanly possible will be done to ensure that justice prevails in the case.”
The police spokesman, Frank Mba, said the NSCDC, along with the family of the deceased, might nominate any medical doctor of their choice to witness the autopsy which would be carried out on Jumbo’s remains.
It said, “Needless to state that an autopsy, which is a comprehensive forensic examination on the body of a dead person, will help the investigators to have a definitive understanding of the real cause of death of the deceased.
“The IG therefore calls for calm from the family and friends of the deceased and the entire public, reiterating that the case will not be swept under the carpet.”