Akwa Ibom Police Commissioner, Amiengheme Andrew has ordered the arrest of an Assistant Superintendent of Police, Joweigha Michael, over the death of a suspect, Kubiat Isaac.
ASP Michael made the arrest of Isaac allegedly for cultism and armed robbery on August 29th with the suspect dying in detention.
Isaac’s death sparked outrage on social media with users accusing the police of extrajudicial killing, a claim the police authorities debunked, alleging that the deceased was sick before his arrest, according to the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP Odiko MacDon via a press release.
In it, MacDon said the State Commissioner ordered Michael’s arrest with the view to investigate him and determine his complicity and that of other officers in the death of the suspect.
The statement read: “It is expedient to state that Kubiat Isaac was being investigated for the offence of suspected armed robbery and cultism, and had been evading arrest for sometimes.
“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.
MacDon said further that, “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.