Police accused of mistreating a man who shot his wife during a raid in Edo (photos)
A man identified as Mr. Ifeani Ikem accused police from Zone 5 Police Headquarters, Benin, Edo State of physically assaulting him and shooting his wife Ebere during a raid on their home in Umuneda, in the Eastern Local Government of Delta Ica State Northern region.
Punch Metro found out that the incident happened on Friday at about 10:00 pm.
Both the husband and wife told Panch that more than six officers, who arrived in three plainclothes cars, had removed the burglar-proof bars on the windows to enter their apartment.
Ifeani said: “I just turned off the generator to go to bed that night. I was about to lie down on the bed when I heard the steps and barking of my dog. I saw two men: one was wearing a local costume and the other was wearing denim pants and a denim jacket.
“They asked to inform the tenants of the house, but I kept silent, because I did not know them. So my wife asked from the inside who they were. They answered that she should call her husband that someone was looking for him.
“My wife told them that her husband was sleeping. While my wife questioned them, they often called one Sunny.
“They started smashing the window glass and lowering the burglar-proof bars. I told my wife and children to scream. Their screams made people feel that something was happening in the house.
“The three men entered first, so we started fighting. I saw them with weapons and thought to myself that these people wanted to kill me. They said I did something. They said that the Prince of Paradise sent them, saying that I had destroyed his car and his building, and I told him that I knew nothing about it.
“When they saw people walking, they started shooting while they were still dragging me. Since my wife would not let her take me away, they shot her. My wife screamed that they were beating her, I held on to them. They started shooting as they ran into their cars and drove away. “
The state’s public affairs officer, DSP Edafe Bright, confirmed that the police were from Zone 5.
The public relations officer of the Tijani Onomo zonal police said he did not know about the operation.