CSO blasts NSCDC over alleged killing of personnel by Police

CSO blasts NSCDC over alleged killing of personnel by Police

- Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have been accused of keeping quiet over the alleged killing of its personnel by officers og the Nigeria police in Abuja

- The Joint Civil Society Action Against Extra Judicial Killings (JCSAAEJK) the silence of the NSCDC on issues surrounding the death of Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent Cadre II is deafening

- According to the coalition, Nigeria is further being threatened by those saddled with the responsibility to ensure peace

A civil society organisation has condemned the silence of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) over the killing of its personnel, Ochigbo Jumbo, by officers of the Nigeria Police.

The Joint Civil Society Action Against Extra Judicial Killings (JCSAAEJK) the silence of the NSCDC on issues surrounding the death of Jumbo, an Assistant Superintendent Cadre II is deafening.

Speaking at a briefing in Abuja on Monday, April 15, uman Rights Lawyer Emmanuel Ogegbe expressed worry that the nation is further being threatened by those saddled with the responsibility to ensure peace.

“They didn't respect that he was a fellow uniform man, if a uniform man can be killed by a fellow uniform man this shows that we are not safe," Ogegbe said.

"Who kills a man in front of his wife and children? It is also a failure on the NSCDC for not making a single statement since this incidence and we demand to know their stand on this issue,” he added.

Also speaking on the killing of Jumbo, a co-convener of the coalition Paul Edeh condemned the rise in extra judicial killings by police officers in Nigeria.

Taking particular note of the killing of Jumbo, Kolade Johnson, Ada Ifeanyi and Emmanuel Akomofua said such acts by security operatives have become the order of the day in Nigeria.

He also condemned the manner Jumbo's is been handled by the Police Force and the NSCDC, expressing disappointment that an autopsy report showed he was tortured to death while the police told the public he only slumped and died a natural death.

“A day after the murder of Ogah, the Police Public Relations Officer ASP Frank Mba issued a statement on behalf of the Nigerian Police Force that Ogah slumped while being interrogated and died a natural death.

Pray tell, the autopsy report has a different tale to tell," Edeh said.

According to Edeh, an independent findings by the coalition revealed that the narrative of the incidence leading to the death of Ogah as set out by the Nigerian Police Force is false and misleading.

"Hence, it is necessary to establish the truth and inform Nigerians about our findings whilst demanding that the Police Force owns up to the truth and apologize to Nigerians for the misleading narrative put out there,” he said.

He further called on the inspector general of police to immediately set up a committee of inquiry to investigate the killing and hold those responsible culpable so as to checkmate any further reoccurrence.

“We demand that Mr. Igekele Ogunfemi the Divisional Police Officer of Nyanya Police station and his men involved in beating ASC Ogah Jumbo to death be arrested, investigated and prosecuted along with the two Police men said to be in Police custody,” he said.

“We also demand that the autopsy report of ASC Ogah Jumbo be published within 24 hours for Nigerians to know the real cause of death of Mr Ogah Jumbo, and the Nigerian Police Force to tender unreserved apology for the false information presented by ACP Frank Mba in his press conference of 21st March 2019.

The coalition called on the acting inspector general of police to immediately pay a condolence visit to the widow of Ogah Jumbo to commensurate with her over the brutal killing of her husband.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an autopsy report on the death of late Ochigbo Jumbo, an assistant superintendent of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has shown that he (Jumbo) passed out as a result of alleged brutality by officers of the Nigerian Police.

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The autopsy conducted at the Maitama General Hospital on March 26, by three renowned pathologists, one of whom represented the Nigeria Police said, late Jumbo died as a result of "multiple skin and soft tissue injuries, blunt force injury to the head and cerebral oedema" suffered from the brutality.

A copy of the autopsy seen by Legit.ng showed that there was no natural disease in the body to sufficiently explain Jumbo's sudden death.

A history on the incidences that led to Jumbo's death as obtained from his wife by the coroner said: "Death was due to the blunt force injury to the head."

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