A mother has accused a police officer of not only killing his undergraduate son but also selling his corpse to the university he was attending before his death.
In April 16, 2004, Derek Maurice-Enang (pictured), a 300-level student of the Department of Accounting, University of Calabar had disappeared, and a party was organised to search for the 22-year-old.
After weeks of searching, Derek’s family and friends found trace of him to the Anatomy Department where he was found dead and his body was being used for practical by medical students.
It was alleged that a team of four policemen led by a sergeant, Anthony Idoko, attached to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Cross River State Police Command headquarters sold Derek’s remains to the university at the cost of N11,000 after they allegedly killed him.
The allegation was made by the deceased’s mother, Mrs. Enoh Maurice-Enang in a petition she wrote to the Inspector General of Police.
According to the 59-year-old widow: “My son was not of questionable character and had never been detained in any police station or had any previous matter with the police anywhere.
“Sgt. Anthony Idoko of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad plotted and arrested my son on April 16, 2014, and took him to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Office at Diamond Hill, Calabar, where he murdered him.”
The day after he was arrested, Derek and five others were allegedly executed and their remains were traced to the Anatomy Department of the University of Calabar, where each of the body was said to have been sold for N11, 000.
“I searched for my son everywhere including the SARS office where we reported for days. The search came as a result of a statement made by one Ekpenyong Akom, a policeman and friend to Idoko, who said that my son ‘had an encounter with the police,’” she alleged.
“It was at Zone 6 that the truth came out through an eyewitness who was among those arrested that night but was lucky to have escaped being killed. The eyewitness said after they were arrested and kept in SARS office, Idoko later brought a young man who was identified as Derek.”
She said her source told her a SARS official came later with a flashlight and separated the suspects into two groups and that at about 12am on April 17, 2014, one of the group of six, which included Derek, was taken out with their hands tied to their back.
“According to the eyewitness who was later brought before the AIG to testify, when the SARS officials came back that night, one of them approached the detainees in their office, pointed his flashlight to his blood-stained clothe and told them ‘when you go back (released), do thanksgiving to God because others who were taken out have been sent on a long journey,” she said.
The petition continued, “The eyewitness said they were released on April 18 on bail without the police telling them the nature of their offence. Even in the SARS’ concocted story that they had an encounter with armed robbers and cultists where they claimed they killed five, the story excluded my son.
“It was when we told a police inspector in State Security Adviser’s Office that the location of my son’s phone was traced to SARS office, that my son was later mentioned.”
On why the police have not taken the matter to court, a senior police source, who did not want to be named, said, “We have sent a copy of the report to the Attorney-General of the State, Attah Ochinke. We expect him to prosecute the accused policemen. There is so much pressure coming from highly placed politicians in the state to give the accused a soft landing.”
Meanwhile, an official of the Anatomy Department of UNICAL, who also preferred anonymity said, “My brother, it is the tradition here. It is a cartel. This one came out because of the effort by Derek’s family to locate him.
“Bodies are brought here frequently by the police and they will just tell us the victims are robbers. We pay them as small as N11,000 for each body. We use them to train the students. We are not supposed to buy bodies but since we can’t have them elsewhere, the police are always a ready source,” the source explained.
Additional reports from Punch