A prospective corps member of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, Kubiat Isaac, has died under controversial circumstances while in police cell in Akwa Ibom State.
Consequently, the commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered the arrest and detention of one Joweigha Michael, an Assistant Superintendent of Police, over the the incident.
The CP also ordered an autopsy to ascertain the remote and immediate cause of Isaac’s death while in detention.
A statement on Saturday by the command’s spokesman, Odiko Macdon, titled: ‘Death of Kubiat Isaac, CP orders arrest of ASP,’ said Isaac was being investigated for suspected criminal offences but took ill and taken to police clinic where he reportedly died.
He frowned at online reports Isaac was beaten to death by a Police personnel.
Macdon disclosed that Isaac was arrested on August 29, 2021 and taken for questioning and later transferred to CID, where his case was pending investigation before his eventual death.
The statement read: “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 personnel.
“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 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, Andrew Amiengheme, has ordered 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 actualise 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.”
The CP consoled the family of the deceased over his untimely death, assuring them that the officer would face the full weight of the law if indicted.