- The death of a young lady identified as Joy Odama, has left her family in pain and sadness
- The police has been accused of trying to bury the issue without getting justice for the deceased
- An Abuja-based NGO, Basic Rights Enlightenment Foundation and the Cross River state government has promised to see the end of the case
The Cross River state government has promised to ensure justice for the family of the Late Joy Odama who was allegedly killed by one Alhaji Usman Adamu at the Karmo area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
The government made its stance known during a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, September 20, via the director general of the state's Due Process and Price Intelligence Bureau, Barrister Alphonsus Oga Eba, who spoke on behalf of Governor Ben Ayade.
Barrister Eba stated that the murder of Miss Odama is one loss that is not only felt by Cross River indigenes, but also by Nigerians as a whole.
His words: “We have as a state watched the conundrum which has been brought into this case by the activities of the Nigeria police.
“We have as a a state waited allowing the rule of law to drive this process through the police, but that is not to mean that we are not conscious of the provisions of the law on the issue of prosecution.
“As a responsive and responsible government, we are alerting the world at large that every indigene of Cross River state means a million dollar to us, and the life of any, if taken in any circumstances, the governor of Cross River state to ensure that justice is done.”
He said Governor Ayade has given immediate instruction to the attorney-general of Cross River state to immediately commence action with the office of the attorney-general of the federation to ensure that justice is done.
“The law firm of Chief Kanu Agabi (SAN) is also on standby, to get a fiat from the AGF, should every attempt to get the AGF prosecute this matters fails.
“We want to place on record that this is one death the very wicked, callous and unconscionable attitude of the Nigeria police,” Barrister Eba added.
He alleged that the suspect, Alhaji Adamu, is still a free man and moves around with police escorts, contrary to claims by the Nigeria police that the suspect is in its custody.
They also mentioned the following police officers as complicit in the alleged cover-up of the case:
1. AIG Umoru Usman Shehu
2. CSP Nkem Raphael
3. SP Michael Obiora
4. Inspector Silas Isiaha and
5. Inspector Nkechi
He informed the gathering that the late Odama will be buried in Yala local government of Cross River state on Wednesday, September 27, adding that the sum of N10 million will be given to the family for the burial arrangements and the welfare of Miss Odama's siblings.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported the incident on how the Late Joy Odama died in the hands of Alhaji Adamu on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.
The said Alhaji reportedly took the corpse and deposited at the mortuary of the Federal Medical Centre, Jabi, Abuja.
The corpse was said to have been embalmed with the active support of the Nigeria police without recourse to the parents.
NAIJ.com further gathered that the police compelled the parents of the deceased to collect N400,000 and foreclose the matter.
The deceased parents however kept the money as exhibit and insisted for autopsy, which the police refused to fund.
The family thereafter raised money for the autopsy through the help of kind-spirited Nigerians at the National Hospital Abuja, and it was revealed that the cause of death was acute cocai*e poison.
Watch the NAIJ.com TV video below to see how some Nigerians reacted when asked if they believed the Nigerian police force is working for them: