Traditional ruler in police net over alleged murder of police officer

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By Haruna Yusuf
The Chief of Ushafa, Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa are now cooling it off at the Federal Capital Territory Police Command, Abuja, following alleged kiling of ASP Eric Isaiah at his palace in Bwari Area Council.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) for the FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, who disclosed this in a statement, said the deceased was the Patrol and Guard Officer of Bwari Police Division before his alleged murder.

He said the incident happened on January 23,2020,when some persons tried to obstruct the arrest of one Moses Peter, alias Dogo, a suspect wanted for Culpable Homicide, attacked and killed Isaiah at the palace of the chief.

Manza said the Commissioner of Police FCT, CP Bala Ciroma,” unequivocally condemned the unprovoked actions of some persons who, while trying to obstruct the police from arresting at the palace of the Chief of Ushafa in Bwari Area council on January 23, 2020 at about 2100hrs.”

The PPRO quoted his boss as describing the act as barbaric and unpatriotic, promising that the killers of the police officer must be arrested and brought to justice.

The police commissioner,he added, warned that the Command would not treat any act of attack on police officers, on lawful duty, with levity.

Manza said:”This unfortunate disregard for law and order happened on January 21, 2020, when one Dominic Emmanuel ‘m’ reported at Bwari Divisional Headquarters, that his brother, Moses Emmanuel, (now deceased), who was engaged to work as a mason by one Mrs Priscilla Patrick, was found unconscious after being attacked and severely injured.

“After he was rushed to Bwari General Hospital for medical attention, the deceased was able to provide vital information as to his assailants.

“Consequent upon this, one Moses Emmanuel, aka Dogo and one John (surname unknown) were fingered as the perpetrators of the act.

“Unfortunately, the condition of the victim deteriorated and he later gave up the ghost at the hospital, where he was receiving treatment.

“On the strength of this, the Divisional Police Officer Bwari detailed one Inspector Okpanachi Audu and Serget John Mark on inquiry to Ushafa village, where the deceased was attacked.

” The detectives sighted and accosted Moses Peter, aka Dogo, who resisted arrest and thereafter invited his friends from a nearby drinking joint who insisted that the suspect must be taken to the Chief of Ushafa palace before the police can effect his arrest.

” The two police detectives obliged the crowd and went to the chief palace, where they met the secretary to the chief, one Danlami Busa, who assured them that the chief will soon attend to them.

“However, instead of addressing the issue, the chief’s secretary, Danlami Busa, at the instance of the Chief, Alhaji Mohammed Baba, incited the crowd who descended heavily on the two detectives.

“As a result, a re-enforcement team, led by late ASP Eric Isaiah, the Patrol and Guard Officer,Bwari Division with three others were deployed and they arrived the scene with a police Hilux vehicle used to rescue the two officers who escaped with the suspect, Moses Peter, aka Dogo.

” Sadly, the crowd brutally attacked and murdered ASP Eric Isaiah in cold blood after inflicting various degree of injuries on other members of the team, who narrowly managed to escape with their lives.

“In view of this, the Chief of Ushafa, Alhaji Mohammed Baba and his secretary, Danlami Busa have been arrested and are providing the police with useful information regarding the murder of late Moses Emmanuel.”

He said the suspect’s were also assisting the police with useful information regarding the late ASP Eric Isaiah’s death and injuries inflicted on the police personnel in the ongoing investigation on the case.

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