Marine Police In Warri Allegedly Shoot Boat Transporter Dead In Warri
During the early hours of today, Marine Police Officers that were patrolling a river in Warri allegedly shot dead a boat transporter, Akpobolokaemi Duke, dead.
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The deceased was a native of Enekoroggha Community, located in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State.
Taking up the matter, The National President of the Foundation For Human Rights And Anti-Corruption Crusade (FHRACC), Alaowei Cleric, confirmed the report in a statement which he made to Daily Post in Warri.
The FHRACC president claimed that the boat transporter who had been shot dead by the Warri Marine Police was coming into Warri to ferry passengers back to the riverine communities when he met his sudden death at the end of a bullet.
Mr Cleric expressed his grievance about the case, stating that the Officers patrolling the river had been previously known to be shady, harassing and ripping off boat transporters who went about their business on the route. He said that the case of Mr Akpobolokaemi was one out of the other ignoble cases that had been reported about the Marine Police Officers on the river.
“We discovered that the Marine Police actually has a squad in the river, who specialises in extorting money from commercial boats along Warri river.
“Mr Akpobolokaemi was one of the victims of their unlawful extortion in the river. We do not know why they chose to murder him in cold blood,” Cleric alleged.
Cleric stated that the senseless killing of a law-abiding citizen by the police was an unlawful act and as such, must not be allowed to go unpunished.
As he said, “The perpetrators of this brutal murder of Akpobolokaemi Duke must be brought to book.
“We are calling on the Commissioner of Police, Delta State to immediately investigate the incident and punish the culprits appropriately. Let the Police build public confidence by checkmating incidences of extra-judicial killings.
“Now that the Inspector-General of Police has ordered the dismantling of roadblocks on the roads, we appeal to the Police hierarchy to also order the immediate withdrawal of the Police patrol teams from the creeks since they are becoming a tool of extortion.”
When the Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Zanna Mohammed Ibrahim was contacted, he said, “the matter has been reported.”