Police attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Delta State Police in Asaba, the State capital of Delta, have allegedly made a demand of five hundred thousand naira from a family whose son was gruesomely murdered. The police allegedly demanded this bribe in order to begin an investigation into his death.
The aggrieved family’s son, identified as Mr. Bestman Tobore, was stabbed to death during a robbery on May 8th, 2015. The suspect escaped from police custody during an interrogation at the Ovwian police station in Udu Local Government Area (LGA) of Delta State.
Mr. Tobore’s family has identified Obus “Ghana Boy” and members of his gang as the killers of their son. They point out that these gang members walk freely in the streets of Udu, without police involvement or interference.
The two police officers that demanded the five hundred thousand naira from Mr. Tobore’s family identified themselves as Inspector Patrick Onu and Inspector Oyibo. The family does not believe that any arrests will be made until the police receive this sum of money.
These officers also told the family that the gang members and suspects enjoyed a close relationship with police officers in the station.
A family member contacted by SaharaReporters expressed shock at the demands of the police officers saying, “as I speak with you, the death of my brother has negatively affected the health condition of my father as we have been battling with his health condition.”
All efforts to speak with the State Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Celestina Kalu, proved failed as all calls and messages sent to a mobile phone were ignored. However a police source confided in SaharaReporters that the demand has angered the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Usman Alkali, who has ordered a full investigation into the allegations.