Police killed my son in the market, widow shares ordeal

NEWS DIGEST – A widow from Akwa Ibom State, Promise Akpan, on Wednesday, informed the  judicial panel investigating incidences of police brutality that her son, Akaniyere, was killed in the market while preparing for school in May 2019.

Promise Akpan, a 52-year-old retired civil servant, standing before the judicial panel narrated how her 26-year-old son was shot in the market while preparing to go to Nigeria Defence Academy.

“My husband died in 2017. It was on January 13, 2019, my son was preparing to go to Nigeria Defence Academy, I tried as a mother since there was nobody to help. He was to leave for school on Wednesday.

“Monday of that week was the market day in our community; so, my son came to me and said he did not have footwear to use whenever he gets to the school.

“I told him to meet his friend while I met with my colleagues for assistance. He left after finishing his food. The next moment, I heard a gunshot and I became terrified and asked myself what was going on.

“As I was coming from Mbietebe Akpawat Road, approaching the market, it was rowdy and people were running to and fro. I did not know what was going on.

“My nephew told me to sit on his motorcycle and I continued to ask him what was happening, but he forced me on the bike. He took me straight to my sister’s house where I was told that my son was killed by the police.”

Justice Ifiok Ukana, presiding over the seven-man-panel investigating incidences of police brutality in the state, adjourned the case till January 21, 2021, for the continuation of hearing.

NEWS DIGEST – A widow from Akwa Ibom State, Promise Akpan, on Wednesday, informed the  judicial panel investigating incidences of police brutality that her son, Akaniyere, was killed in the market while preparing for school in May 2019.

Promise Akpan, a 52-year-old retired civil servant, standing before the judicial panel narrated how her 26-year-old son was shot in the market while preparing to go to Nigeria Defence Academy.

“My husband died in 2017. It was on January 13, 2019, my son was preparing to go to Nigeria Defence Academy, I tried as a mother since there was nobody to help. He was to leave for school on Wednesday.

“Monday of that week was the market day in our community; so, my son came to me and said he did not have footwear to use whenever he gets to the school.

“I told him to meet his friend while I met with my colleagues for assistance. He left after finishing his food. The next moment, I heard a gunshot and I became terrified and asked myself what was going on.

“As I was coming from Mbietebe Akpawat Road, approaching the market, it was rowdy and people were running to and fro. I did not know what was going on.

“My nephew told me to sit on his motorcycle and I continued to ask him what was happening, but he forced me on the bike. He took me straight to my sister’s house where I was told that my son was killed by the police.”

Justice Ifiok Ukana, presiding over the seven-man-panel investigating incidences of police brutality in the state, adjourned the case till January 21, 2021, for the continuation of hearing.