Opinion

Police Allegedly Kill Grandma While Attempting to Arrest Grandson

By Ikeugonna Eleke

An octogenarian grandmother, Mrs Mgbeke Ezeagha, has been allegedly killed at Ifiteani Village in Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, by a policeman, while attempting to arrest her grandson.

Fides gathered that Mrs Ezeagha died on the way to the hospital last Tuesday morning, following injuries she sustained while the Anti-Cult Police in the state raided her compound to arrest her grandson.

A source in the community said the anti-cult Police, in an early morning raid, scaled the fence of the woman’s compound, while looking for her grandson, leading to her sustaining injury in the process.

Meanwhile, youths of the community had held a protest march to register their displeasure over the incident.

The protesters, according to an eyewitness, described the actions of the Anti-Cult Police Division as unbecoming in the area.

‘The protesters are angry about the daily raid that the police carry out in their village. They also said that youths have been forced to flee the village because once they see a young person, they conclude that he is a cultist and they arrest him.

‘As I speak, the youths have started burning tires on major roads in Agulu, and also stopping motorists from plying their road as a sign of displeasure.’

The State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Haruna Mohammed, however assured that the situation in the community had been brought under control. He however failed to state what exactly transpired.

In a reply to an enquiry over the matter, Mohammed said the situation had been brought under control, and that details would be made public soonest.

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