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DPO, seven cops arrested for killing two persons in Rivers

The Divisional Police Officer of the Mile 3 Nkpolu Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Baridon Monsi, and seven other policemen have been arrested and are being detained for allegedly killing a 16-year-old porter and an unidentified man at the police station.

Monsi was alleged to have ordered the killing of the porter, identified as Abdullahi Idris, and the other man after wrongly accusing them of stealing a generator.

It was gathered that some youths had on Saturday accosted and beaten up Idris, who had used his wheelbarrow to convey the generator on the instructions of the owner’s.

Idris and the yet-to-be-identified man were later arrested by the personnel of the Mile 3 Police Station and detained on the orders of the DPO.

Speaking on the development, the South-South/South-East Coordinator of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Alhaji Musa Saidu, who expressed shock over the murder of Idris and the owner of the generator, said the porter only came to Port Harcourt two months ago.

He explained that Idris’ relatives had gone to the police station to give him food since he was fasting, adding that the policemen on duty did not allow them in or receive the food for the teenager.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, confirmed the incident but said the DPO and four other policemen had been arrested and were being detained over the matter.

“I can confirm the incident. The DPO and four others have been arrested and detained, while investigation is ongoing,” Omoni stated.

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