Benue Police 'Killed' our Son while in Custody - Family.

Police ‘Killed’ Our Son While in Custody – Family of
22 Years Old Polytechnic Student: The family of 22-
year-old Higher National Diploma (HND) student of
Benue State Polytechnic, Christopher Ngbede Ameh,
have said they have reason to believe their son was
extra-judicially murdered while in custody since the
police has failed to produce their son or give
account for his disappearance.
In a petition written by counsel to the father of the
boy, Mr. Abel Ameh, to Benue State Police
Command, he said the disappearance of Christopher
occurred on July 2, 2017. The petition, which was
also addressed to the Inspector General of Police,
the Assistant Inspector of Police, Zone 4, Makurdi
as well as the National Human Rights Commission,
NHRC, pleaded with them to act on the matter in the
interest of justice.
He urged the police to act to save the face of the
force by fishing out those who masterminded the
disappearance and possible death of his son whom
he claimed was innocent of the claims against him.
Ameh said, “We are demanding justice in this
matter because it will not only ensure that the true
account of what happened to my son is made
public, it will also ensure that the bad eggs in the
force are fished out.”
Narrating what he said led to the alleged murder of
his son, he said, “In July 2017, some youths came
to tell me that my son had been arrested for
allegedly harassing a young lady with a gun.
Quote“The next day, the police came and searched
my house without a search warrant and did not find
anything to implicate my son of the said accusation.
“On the strength of that, I immediately went to the
Adoka Police Station to bail my son but they refused
to grant him bail.
“At that point, I became helpless and didn’t know
who to turn to, especially when I gathered that the
police had earlier granted bail to two other suspects
who were said to have been arrested alongside my
Continuing as he fought back tears, he said, “We
later visited the station to give him food but we
were told he was no longer with them. I was
shocked and couldn’t understand what was going
on. “I inquired about his whereabouts and I was told
initially that he had been transferred to the police
Area Command Headquarters in Otukpo for further
investigations. “I immediately went to the Otukpo
Area Command to see if I could bail him, but when I
got to there I was told that there was no such case
with them.
“I made efforts to know what was happening but
nobody was ready to help.
“When I couldn’t hold back and was in tears, a
crime inspector approached me and told me that
my son’s case had been transferred to the State
Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, in
“I headed to Makurdi only to get there and found
that no such case had been taken there and my son
was nowhere to be found.
“It was at that point that I returned home in Adoka
and decided to seek legal advice because it was
obvious that nobody was ready to tell me where the
police had taken my son to.”
The father stated that one of the young men who
had been arrested with Christopher but released
later confided in him that his son was taken out of
cell at about 4am and murdered by the police.
According to him, somebody showed him a van that
conveyed the corpse of his son to the place where
he was probably buried.
Quote“I also overheard people telling a parish priest
that my son was involved in a robbery incident and
that he had been buried between Adoka and
neighboring Ogbobia in Otukpo local government
“It is devastating, that is why I’m asking for justice
in this matter because a suspect is presumed
innocent until found guilty by a competent court.
“We demand explanations. The police should tell us
the whereabouts of my son who was in their
custody and, if they have actually killed him, they
must come out and tell the world why he was killed
extra – judicially”.
Ameh added that Christopher was the fourth out of
his eight children.
Vanguard reports that the Benue State Police
Commissioner Bashir Makama, in his reaction to the
petition, promised to unravel the circumstance
surrounding the disappearance of the suspect,
assured that justice would prevail in the matter.
Makama said, “The issue will certainly not be swept
under the carpet. I can assure you that I will get to
the root of the matter because such will certainly
not happen under my watch. “I have instructed the
Divisional Police Officer, DPO, in charge of Adoka to
commence investigation into the matter. I will take
it up from there”.
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