Alleged torture: IGP orders fresh investigation into death of Erasmus in custody

Alleged torture: IGP orders fresh investigation into death of Erasmus in custody
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The Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has
ordered a fresh investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a
suspect, Erasmus Emhenya at the Nyanya Divisional Headquarters, Federal Capital
Territory, FCT Abuja.

 

Erasmus, who was arrested by operatives of the FCT command
over an incident in Nyanya, died on April 10, 2023, while in custody.

 

Mother of the deceased, a food seller in Anuja had during an
interview on Human Rights Radio and Television program, Brekete Family, accused
the police of torturing her son to death while he was in custody.

 

She alleged that while Erasmus was in custody, all her
efforts to see him proved abortive, saying police officers at the station
denied her access to her son.

 

According to her, another suspect in custody broke the news
of Erasmus death to her, alleging that the son died after being tortured by the
police.

 

A video clip of the interview has been circulating on social
media, capturing the attention of stakeholders, who called for a thorough
investigation into the matter.

 

The FCT police command had, however, refuted the allegation,
insisting that an autopsy conducted on Erasmus’ body did not indicate torture.

 

According to a statement by the FCT Police Public Relations
Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, discrete investigations were conducted on the
matter when it happened in 2023.

 

But IGP in a statement by the Force Spokesperson, ACP Muyiwa
Adejobi on Tuesday night, expressed concern about the incident, directing the
DIG FCID to immediately commence a thorough and transparent investigation into
the matter and forward the report as soon as possible.

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Adejobi said, “The IG has been apprised of the controversy
surrounding the death of a young man named Erasmus Emhenya, who allegedly died
in police custody at the Nyanya Divisional Police Headquarters, FCT on April
10, 2023.

 

“He has thereby ordered a fresh investigation to unravel the
cause of death and ensure the prevalence of justice.

 

“The Inspector-General of Police, who has expressed his
grave concern over the incident, has further directed the DIG FCID to
immediately commence a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter
and forward the report as soon as possible.“

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