Port Harcourt, Nigeria – The killing of a landlord, Nyebuchi Eke, in Woji community, Obio Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State has sparked protest and arrest of three police officers involved in the crime.
According to information at hand, the arrested officers were said to have arrested the deceased from his residence following an altercation he had with his tenant whose name is yet to be ascertained.
It was gathered that after late Eke threw his tenant’s personal belongings outside a rented apartment in Woji community on Saturday, the tenant invited his brother, a policeman to arrest his landlord.
Although it is still unclear what caused the landlord’s death, it is speculated that it may have been as a result of torture that followed his arrest.
It took the efforts and pressure of the community monarchs to prevail on the said policemen to reveal the whereabouts of the landlord, where it was recovered from an uncompleted building in Chokocho in Etche Local Government Area of the state.
A development that sparked a violent protest from youths in the area, who attacked police operatives in the area with stones and broken bottles, as well as looting shops in the process.
In an attempt to quell the protests, the state Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, visited the community on Tuesday, assuring that justice was going to be served in the matter.
In his exact words, “Justice will be served. Those involved have been arrested and investigations are ongoing. I assure her [Eke’s widow] justice will be served.
“As for the youths, the elders have spoken. Let us give peace a chance. This is what the IGP has been talking about, partnering with the community and stakeholders.
“That has made it easy for us to solve this issue at hand. The elders and traditional rulers came out and assisted the police in dousing the tension.”