A police inspector, Hosea Yakubu, has died after he was allegedly beaten to a pulp by four military men at Eleme Petrochemical gate, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. It was gathered that the soldiers beat Yakubu to death last week Sunday after an altercation which resulted from his driving against traffic.
A brother to Yakubu said that the deceased and two other officers were returning from normal patrol duties when due to traffic gridlock along Eleme they decided to drive against the normal flow. On approaching the petrochemical gate, he said they were stopped by someone on mufti, not knowing that he was a military personnel, who challenged them for driving against traffic.
This led to argument with the military personnel on mufti slapping the police driver. However, when Yakubu came down to challenge him, the other soldiers joined their colleague and the whole thing escalated into a fight. He said that one of the soldiers took a heavy plank and smashed Yakubu’s head.
He fell down and couldn’t move. He was subsequently rushed to the nearest hospital from where he was referred to UPTH and admitted at the ICU.
“24 hours after he was admitted, he gave up. Until today, neither the police or the military have said anything or taken actions to bring the culprits to book,” the victim’s brother said.