A Police Inspector has been arrested in Akwa Ibom state for allegedly beating a widow to death.
The Police Inspector, Bassey Ikpe, was arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command or allegedly beating a widow, Mrs. Deborah Nkereuwem Nkpenie, to death and the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, had instructed the Deputy Commissioner, State Criminal Investigations Department (SCID) to carry out thorough investigation into the matter, spokesman of the command Odiko Macdon disclosed this to newsmen on Wednesday.
According to Macdon, the reports made on the incident in some dailies and online media in the state, led to the decision being taken by the police.
“The attention of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has been drawn to a publication in some dailies and online media that a Police personnel attached to the Akwa Ibom State Police Command, one Inspr. Bassey Ikpe reportedly beat up one Mrs. Deborah Nkereuwem Nkpenie to death on Thursday, 16th of January, 2020.
To authenticate this serious allegation, the Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Police Command, CP Imohimi Edgal has ordered the immediate arrest of the said Inspector. The Commissioner has instructed the Deputy Commissioner, State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter, while reiterating the Command’s commitment to policing with great respect for human rights” Macdon said.
A sister to the deceased, Mrs Mfonobong Peter, who witnessed the incident that took place on the 16th of January, 2020 claims that it happened after the deceased was invited to see the policeman for an ongoing case which he was the Investigating Police Office (IPO) in charge of. She said;
“My late sister was beaten to death by Insp. Bassey Ikpe. He had threatened her repeatedly since this matter came up. My sister had waist pains arising from the dislocation she had while caring for her late husband. This made it difficult for her to move about freely. She had become almost bedridden because of the difficulty in movement. She was highly hypertensive due to the health complications that led to her husband’s death. But this police man refused to heed the advice of the Deputy Commissioner of Police. I don’t know what personal interest he had in the matter.
“He had forced her to come to the police station so that they could appear in court on a fictitious criminal charge, against the advice of the deputy commissioner of police the previous day. He beat my sister to death.”
The widow was said to have been taken to the Police by her sister-in-law and brother-in-lave over the property of her late husband.