Marine policemen allegedly kill boat operator for refusing to give bribe


Tension is mounting at the Millar Waterside
area of Warri, Delta State , as boat operators
yesterday protested against the killing of a
fellow boat operator named Akpobolokaemi
Duke , a native of Enekorogha Community in
Burutu local council, by Marine Police
personnel on October 1 .

It was gathered that the deceased was coming
to Warri to ferry passengers back to the
riverine communities when he was allegedly
shot by the Marine Police team .

According to reports, he was shot for earlier
refusing to pay a bribe demanded by the police
team patrolling the Warri River. It was learnt
that as soon as he was sighted from afar the
policemen gave him a hot pursuit with
sporadic gunshots, which led to the death of
the deceased.

When contacted yesterday , the Delta State
police command said it was investigating the
incident and would make a pronouncement
after a thorough investigation .
Meanwhile, human rights lawyer and national
coordinator of the Foundation for Human
Rights and Anti- Corruption Crusade ( FHRACC) ,
Alaowei Cleric , said the unprovoked murder of
the boat operator because he refused to pay a
bribe should not go unpunished and urged the
Commissioner of Police to bring the policemen
involved in the killing to book .

He said : “ The unprovoked killing of a law-
abiding citizen by the police is unlawful and
such act must not go unpunished. The
perpetrators of this brutal murder of
Akpobolokaemi Duke must be brought to
book . We are calling on the Commissioner of
Police to immediately investigate the incident
and punish the culprits appropriately .
“Let the Police build public confidence by
checkmating incidences of extra-judicial
killings. Now that the Inspector -General of
Police has ordered the dismantling of
roadblocks on the roads, we appeal to the
police hierarchy to also order immediate
withdrawal of the police patrol teams from the
creeks since they are becoming a tool of
extortion.

“The police have not told us on their side of
the story as our team of investigators were not
allowed to interrogate them at the Marine
Police division . However, in our independent
investigation, we discovered that the Marine
Police actually has a squad in the river, which
specialises in extorting money from transport
boats along Warri river . Mr. Akpobolokaemi
was one their victims of unlawful extortion in
the river . We do not know why they chose to
murder him in cold blood.” 


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