Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, CP Andrew Amiengheme has ordered the arrest of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joweigha Michael over his involvement in the arrest and eventual death of a fresh graduate of the University of Uyo, Kubiat Isaac.
The said officer led a team that arrested late Isaac at Eni Stores and took him to the cell where he was allegedly tortured to death.
However, the police in reaction ordered discreet investigation into the crime even as he has ordered the arrest of the said officer.
The statement signed by the command Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon read in parts, “the attention of the Akwa Ibom State Police Command has been drawn to a news making the rounds on social media that one Kubiat Isaac who was arrested at Eni Stores was beaten to death by a Police pfersonnel.
“It is expedient to state that the said Kubiat Isaac was being investigated for the offence of suspected armed robbery and cultism, and had been evading arrest for sometime. He was traced to and arrested at Eni Stores on the 29th of August, 2021 and taken for questioning.
“On arrival at the Division, the DPO ordered that he be transferred to the State CID where the case was pending for a discreet investigation. Unfortunately, the suspect said he was sick. He was taken to the Police Clinic for treatment but gave up the ghost in the process.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Amiengheme Andrew has ordered for an autopsy to be conducted in order to determine the cause of death.
The CP, who has great respect for fundamental rights, notes that contemporary policing isn’t about torture and should not be tolerated, hence, has vowed that a diligent and transparent investigation will be conducted. To actualize this, the CP ordered for the immediate arrest and detention for questioning, of one ASP Joweigha Michael, who, preliminary investigation revealed was the Officer who effected the arrest of the said Kubiat.
“However, the CP condoles with the deceased family and assured that the Officer, if found culpable, the full weight of the law would be brought to bear and he will be held accountable for his action.