The family of late Kubiat Isaac, a fresh graduate of University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State who died in police cell has threatened to petition the Force Headquarters, Abuja and the Police Service Commission over the press release issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon.
The PPRO had claimed in the release that the deceased was being investigated for criminal offences including cultism and armed robbery.
He also claimed that the deceased was sick while in detention and was taken to the clinic where he gave up the ghost.
The family in a statement through its counsel, Barr. Inibehe Effiong, titled, “Akwa Ibom PPRO is dancing on the corpse of Kubiat Isaac”, said Macdon’s claims were “preposterous and annoying”, even as he blamed media houses for reporting the press release without recourse to how the family may feel.
The statement reads in part:
“It is quite sad to see media houses, including prominent and credible ones, publish reports on the press release issued this morning by SP Odiko Macdon, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Akwa Ibom State, on the murder of Kubiat Isaac Akpan, without bothering to reach out to me or any member of the deceased family to get our reaction.
“Radio stations, newspapers and blogs reported the mendacious, inflammatory, insensitive and offensive press release without considering the effect it will have on the family, friends, colleagues and loved ones of the deceased.
“The deceased family is grieving and inconsolable. The minimum that the PPRO should do is to speak nothing but the truth. The aged parents of Kubiat are crying and weeping endlessly over the murder of their only son, who just graduated from the University of Uyo where he studied Architecture.
“The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police has not visited the family of the deceased. Yet, the PPRO decided to dance on the corpse of Kubiat Isaac.
“To be specific, MacDon’s allusion to cultism, armed robbery and evasion of arrest are nothing but pure fiction. He should tell the public what he hopes to achieve by concocting this fictional narrative.”
He said that Kubiat was never under investigation for alleged armed robbery or cultism or any criminal case, adding that it was provocative that the PPRO ‘asserted falsely, without any basis, that the deceased was evading police arrest.
“Kubiat was not sick and had no pre-existing medical condition prior to his arrest on Sunday, the 29th day of August, 2021. The claim by the PPRO that Kubiat complained about ill-health while he was at B Division, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo is uncanny and preposterous.
“This is a very irresponsible behaviour by SP MacDon, who knows or ought to know that lying against the dead is evil, vicious and against African culture. His statement has made things worse for the deceased family.
“We are considering filing a petition at the Police Headquarters in Abuja and the Police Service Commission against SP MacDon”, he said.