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Youths Travelling for Wedding Beat Female Police Inspector to Death in Rivers

Youths Travelling for Wedding Beat Female Police Inspector to Death in Rivers

A female Police Inspector, Mrs. Christiana Erekere, who is serving in Rivers State was on Thursday hacked to death by youths numbering over 40 at her duty post at Taabaa in Khana Local Government Area of the state.

The victim, a widow and mother of four children, who was serving at the Taabaa Divisional Police office, was reportedly killed with stones and sticks by the irate youths.

It was gathered that the killers were travelling from Delta State to Akwa Ibom State for a wedding programme before they carried out the tragic act.
A source, who witnessed the development, but preferred anonymity, said the youths who carried out the act numbered over 40 and that they went on a rampage when the police on a stop-and-search operation in the area questioned the validity of the document of one of the cars they were travelling on.

The source said the youths had created a scene on the road blocking the major road and demanding that the Police Deputy Superintendent of Police who had their car paper must return it and allow them to go.
It said the youths had seen Mrs Ekerefe, who was on duty, fiddling with her phone and quickly pounced on her with stones and sticks claiming that she was making a video of them.

The source said: On 25-4-2024 at about 2:30pm, Inspector Christiana Erekere (female) while on duty at Taabaa Division in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers state, was beaten to death by some group of persons with three vehicles from Delta State going to Akwa-Ibom state for marriage.

“The boys were intercepted at a stop and search point, directly opposite Police Station, Taabaa, by a police officer attached to Taabaa police station. The particulars of one of the vehicles were collected by a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) because of unclear explanations concerning the particulars of the vehicle.

“The police officer decided to go to the office so that he could be furnished with sufficient information. Now the deceased saw the way the boys were chasing her superior officer and she started raising the alarm for help so that the attack would be prevented, but unfortunately, no one was there to assist or prevent this group of people that succeeded in attacking the police station and killing the innocent woman.

“The boys quickly attacked her because they said she was making a video of them. Even when she fainted, they continued beating her and left her and drove away, on their way to Akwa-Ibom, they were apprehended. For now, about 17 persons were identified and arrested and others are still at large.”

However, the family of the deceased woman has called for justice over the killing of their sister who was serving the nation before she was attacked and killed.
The elder sister of the victim, Mrs Nule Felix, noted that her sister was mercilessly killed and that she was rushed to a hospital but was only confirmed dead.

Nule said: “All efforts at the hospital to revive her was abortive. She has been deposited in the mortuary. She was a widow with four children and her age mother is over 80yrs. We are seeking for Justice.”

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command said it has arrested 16 of the persons involved in the barbaric act, adding that investigations were still on.
The spokesperson of the Command, Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police, in Port Harcourt, said the Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, led some senior officers of the command to the victim’s family, noting that Christiana was killed in the line of duty.

Iringe-Koko said: “The Rivers State Police Command announces the arrest of sixteen persons in connection with the tragic death of Inspector Christiana Erekere, who was murdered in the line of duty on April 25, 2024, at approximately 4pm.

According to preliminary investigations, the incident occurred when a group of individuals travelling in a Lexus salon car was stopped for routine checks at the checkpoint in front of Bori Police Station.
“However, the occupants became agitated and proceeded to barricade the road, obstructing the movement of other vehicles. After completing the necessary checks, the police officers requested that the individuals leave the scene.

Unfortunately, they refused, alleging that Inspector Erekere had recorded a video of their disruptive behaviour using her mobile phone.

“In their attempt to seize Inspector Erekere’s phone forcefully, they launched a violent attack against her, striking her with stones. The severity of the assault caused Inspector Erekere to lose consciousness, and she was immediately transported to Nnadum Hospital in Bori. Regrettably, she succumbed to the injuries sustained during the attack.

“The Rivers State Police Command has initiated a thorough investigation into this abhorrent incident, and all individuals involved will be apprehended and brought to justice. The Command extends its deepest condolences to the family of the deceased colleague during this difficult time.”

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