- A recent conduct by personnel of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in Delta state is under scrutiny
- The police is said to have illegally detained three men who went to make a report at a station
- Residents in the area say the action of the police will discourage members of the public from filing reports
A man identified as Austin Onodaro and two others - Ugochukwu Igbo and David Magini have allegedly been detained at the ‘C’ Division of the Delta state police command, Daily Sun reports.
They were allegedly arrested on Friday, July 20, after they lodged a report at the police station about a corpse found at the business premises of Onodaro located along Cable road, Asaba, the Delta state capital.
Onodaro, who lives far from his business premises was earlier alerted by neighbours that a corpse of an unidentified man was around his business premises. After confirming its authenticity, Onodaro was said to have rushed to the police station in company of the other two men to make a formal report.
On getting to the station, Onodaro was, however, made to write a statement, after operatives had allegedly made him to cough out N10,000 to purchase fuel for vehicle to enable the police evacuate the corpse.
Efforts to secure their bail same day proved abortive, as Onodaro, said to be hypertensive had to rely on his wife for his medication while in detention during the weekend.
Neighbors in the area where the corpse was discovered frowned at the action of police, saying that it will discourage people from coming forward to volunteer information.
John Isimeh, a resident in the area said: “Onodaro is well known in this area as a gentleman. When the corpse was discovered, he was alerted and he quickly came down to this place.
“He went in company of the other two men to inform the police of the development and we were surprised when we were told that they were detained.
“With what has just happened to Onodaro, who do you think would volunteer information to the police? Do you think I would volunteer to help an accident victim along the road? Of course it is not possible.”
Meanwhile, the police has promised a N5 million reward for anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest of the culprits of the killings of policemen in Abuja and Edo state.
This was contained in a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the force public relations officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood.
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) also ordered commissioners of police and their supervising assistant IGPs to beef-up security in their area of responsibilities and embark on massive raids of criminal hideouts and flash-points across the country to forestall any further attack.
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