IGP orders arrest of policeman over killing of ex-minister’s niece

Hours after her name  was listed among those banned from traveling out of the country on account of being under investigation for corruption, former Minister of Finance, Nenadi Esther Usman lost her niece to a  trigger-happy policeman in Abuja.

According to reports, the lady was shot dead in Gwarimpa, Abuja on Saturday night. Abuja Reporters gathered that the police had shot the car’s tyre but found out that that did not demobilize the car hence their decision to shoot again and the shot allegedly hit and killed her.

Already, the family has been thrown into mourning over the incident with the lawyer to Nenadi Usman petitioning the President as well as IGP demanding a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances that led to the killing of the lady.

Find below a copy of the petition:

 

The Inspector-General of Police 14th October 2018
Nigeria Police Force
Police Headquarters
Louis Edet House
Abuja-FCT

Sir,

PETITION AGAINST THE GRUESOME MURDER OF MISS ANITA AKPASON BY A POLICE OFFICER AND A CALL FOR COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION

We are solicitors to the Family of Senator Nenadi Usman (hereinafter refers to as “Our Clients”) on whose firm and unequivocal instruction we write you this letter.

Senator Nenadi Usman was a former Minister of Finance and Distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Our Clients has availed us the circumstance of the gruesome murder of their daughter, Anita Akapson, (31 years old) who was gruesomely shot at close range by a trigger-happy police officer for reasons unknown to our client.

It is our brief that Our Clients received a distress call at about 11pm on the 13th of October, 2018 by an anonymous caller who informed them that their daughter was in Gwarinpa District Hospital. But, on the arrival of our Clients at the Hospital, Miss Anita had died from the gunshot injuries.

Several eye witnesses (names withheld) detailed to our Clients how the deceased was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer while she was sitting in her vehicle (An Honda Accord Salon) at Katampe District, Abuja.

The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased who had a strong affinity with Senator Nenadi Usman, a member of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, and who is presently facing continuous prosecutions from the States, unleashed with inattentive executive sanctions, calls for thorough and comprehensive investigation.

Our Clients have reasons to be apprehensive based on the circumstances as enumerated above particularly the shielding of the suspected officers, a (Superintendent of Police) involved in the matter.

Given the level of intimidation of opposition by the instrumentalities of the State, Our Clients are worried as to the intent or possible calculated assassination of the deceased to further cause pain and anguish on the family.

We, therefore, based on the foregoing, urge you to use your good offices to cause a comprehensive investigation of the killing and surrounding circumstances without further delay to unravel the intent and the culprits behind this mindless act.

Sir, you will agree with us that the right to life is Fundamental and non- negotiable. No body regardless of how highly placed should be allowed to take another person’s life and yet live freely in our society.

We are hopeful that this matter will not be ‘heartlessly’ swept underground in an attempt to protect the perpetrators, their sponsors and intent as we have experienced in the past inglorious days of this country.

TAKE NOTICE that we would be left with no other option than to use the instrumentality of the law to seek justice in the death of Miss Anita Akapson if investigations are not timeously and thoroughly conducted.

Please accept the assurances of warm professional regard.

Thank you.
Yours faithfully,
FOR: KAYODE AJULO & Co. CASTLE OF LAW

 

….IGP orders arrest of killer cop

 

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, has ordered the arrest of four policemen who allegedly shot dead a young lady, Anita Akapson, at Katampe Extension area, in Abuja, on Saturday.

In a statement on Monday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, the IGP directed the FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“The Inspector General of Police has directed the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja to immediately detain and personally carry out a thorough investigation of policemen involved in the incident that resulted in the death of Miss Anita Akapson at Katampe Extension, Abuja on the night of Saturday, 13th October 2018; and bring the perpetrators to justice,” Moshood said.

The police boss also commiserated with her family and assured them that “justice will be done on the matter.”

The IGP further stated that the public will be informed of the outcome of investigations into the incident.

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