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IGP Orders Fresh Investigation Into Death Of Erasmus In Custody

The Inspector-General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, has ordered a new investigation into the cause of death of Erasmus Emhenya, whose mother accused police of having a hand in his death.

On July 4, Force Headquarters Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement said Police had no hand in the death of Erasmus through torture.

Erasmus, who was arrested by operatives of the FCT command over an incident in Nyanya, died on April 10, 2023, while in custody.

Mother of the deceased, a food seller in Anuja had during an interview on Human Rights Radio and Television program, Brekete Family, accused the police of torturing her son to death while he was in custody.

According to her, another suspect in custody broke the news of Erasmus death to her, alleging that the son died after being tortured by the police.

A video clip of the interview has been circulating on social media, capturing the attention of stakeholders, who called for a thorough investigation into the matter.

The FCT police command had, however, refuted the allegation, insisting that an autopsy conducted on Erasmus’ body did not indicate torture.

However, on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the issue of Erasmus’ death was brought to the attention of the Inspector-General of Police. He said the IGP expressed grave concern and ordered a new investigation into the said allegation.

The statement read: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun has been apprised of the controversy surrounding the death of a young man named “Erasmus Emhenya” who allegedly died in police custody at the Nyanya Divisional Police Headquarters, FCT on the 10th of April 2023.

“The Inspector-General of Police, who has expressed his grave concern over the incident, has further directed the DIG FCID to immediately commence a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter and forward the report as soon as possible.”

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