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CP Disu visits Rivers community over death of landlord in police custody

Rivers Police Commissioner, CP Olatunji Rilwan Disu has assured the widow of the late Nyebuchi Eke, a landlord who died in the custody of the Surveillance Unit of the State Command of justice.

CP Disu gave the assurance in Woji Community, a suburb of Port Harcourt, that has been in turmoil since last Saturday night when the news of the death of Eke broke through a viral video posted online.

Eke, an indigene of Woji died in the custody of the operatives of the Surveillance Unit of Rivers Police Command after he was arrested based on a report by his tenant that he threw his property out of his apartment over a disagreement on rent.

During a visit to the Woji Traditional Rulers Council, the Commissioner of Police assured the community that the policemen allegedly responsible for Eke’s death had been arrested and in custody of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID).

At the palace of the traditional ruler of the Woji community, His Royal Majesty Eze Emeka Ihunwo, the Rivers Police boss also vowed that he would ensure justice for Eke.

An elder brother to the deceased, who is a former Chairman of Obio-Akpor Local Government area, Solomon Eke, traced the events leading to the landlord’s death.

“The tenant went to his brother, who is a policeman, not even reporting it properly at the Woji Police Division. He just went to his brother to ask him to help him deal with his landlord.

“The Police just went there and started manhandling him with the help of the tenant and that led to his death. We have seen the injuries on his body. The DPO of Woji wasn’t aware that this act had been done by the men of her division, but the three policemen have been arrested and they’re in detention. The tenant is also in detention.”

When the Police Commissioner visited the deceased’s home, his pregnant widow, Mrs Eke, begged him to ensure justice for her dead husband.

“My husband was killed by a Policeman. I need justice! My children are now fatherless and I have no helper and I’m pregnant. Sir, give me justice!” she pleaded.

Disu, however, assured her of his unwavering commitment to achieving justice.

Addressing journalists, CP Disu assured the public of justice, saying all policemen involved had been arrested.

“Justice will be served. Those involved have been arrested and investigations are ongoing. I assure her [Eke’s widow] justice will be served,” he said.

“As for the youths, the elders have spoken. Let us give peace a chance. This is what the IGP has been talking about, partnering with the community and stakeholders. That has made it easy for us to solve this issue at hand. The elders and traditional rulers came out and assisted the police in dousing the tension.”

Our Correspondent reports that Eke’s body has been deposited at a mortuary in Chokocho-Etche in Etche local government area of Rivers State after it was allegedly discovered it was dumped inside an uncompleted building in the community.

CP Olatunji Rilwan Disu Commissioner of Police Rivers State at crisis-ridden Woji Community over the killing of Nyebuchi Eke,a Landlord over his dispute with his Tenant

credit: PM News