Widow petitions Rivers, Police over husband’s alleged killing

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By EGUFE YAFUGBORHI

PORT HARCOURT— A widow, Mrs. Nkechi Obisike, whose husband was allegedly stabbed to death by a police officer last year, has restated her call for justice over the killing.

The deceased, Mr. Anthony Obisike, a Coastal bus driver, was plying his trade as a conductor on January 25, 2012, at Igbo-Etche Junction by Eleme Flyover, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when a police officer allegedly alighted from a Toyota Hummer Hiase official bus and stabbed him on the chest.

Narrating the incident, Mr. Friday Okere, who was the driver of the Coastal bus that fateful day, told Vanguard that the said assailant police officer whom he identified as Corporal Victor George, disappeared with his team immediately after the act while the victim died three days later at Teme Hospital, Port Harcourt.

Mrs. Obisike said that the untimely death of her husband had left her and their nine children in untold hardship as the responsibility of raising the family alone had become unbearable.

Addressing newsmen on the plight of the family, counsel to the widow, Higher King, said it was strange that the police authorities were seemingly acting to bury all petitions and legal moves to bring the police officer to book.

He said: “We had been to the State Criminal Investigation Bureau, SCIB and Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP several times on the matter. Mr. Okere who witnessed the incident directly among others had identified Victor George as the killer. Initially, the police arrested the team on duty that fateful day including Victor. Suddenly, they released everyone and said Victor was investigated and found not to be on duty that day.”

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