Everything you need to know about the NYSC member killed by the Police in Abuja

Police intimidation and brutality have become a big problem in Nigeria and while we mourn people who die from inadequate health care, bad roads, unemployment, poverty, we fear that the extrajudicial killings from the men in black will soon top the list.

The most recent known incident is the killing of a corps member in Abuja. She was allegedly shot dead on Wednesday by a SARS officer identified as Benjamin Peters. The deceased, Linda Angela Igwetu was billed to pass out of the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) programme today, Thursday.

She was said to have gone out with her friends as part of the celebration for the completion of her one year service when the incident happened.

Narrating the incident, End Sars campaigner, Segun Awosanya wrote on Twitter:

They left home at about 3 am and was shot at shortly after the checkpoint immediately after Ceddi Plaza by a Police Officer identified as Benjamin Peters. The bullet hit Angela on her side, by the midriff and she began losing blood in the open roof vehicle.

She was rushed to the Garki hospital but they wouldn’t treat her until they see a Police report despite the fact that the Police officers were present. While the deliberation was ongoing, Angela bled to death.

The case was later taken to Federal Secretariat Police Station where the elder sister fo the deceased Chineye Igwetu was crying for help before out legal team reached her, minutes after we were notified of the incident.”

However, speaking out against probable misinformation, The hospital – Garki Hospital – who treated the case released a statement on social media saying the deceased was admitted immediately, taken in a ‘precarious condition’ and she died even when all the doctors on duty attempted to save her life:

Awosanya continued: 

Our Police will learn because we are now holding them accountable and watching their every move. We have created an experience/awareness that is irreversible. Nigeria will no longer be the same. .”

He also says the Police attempted to rope in the deceased and her friends in the incident and claim culpability on their part:

The Senate Thursday, having knowledge of the murder through Senator Atai Aidoko Ali (Kogi East) mandated its Joint Committees on Health, Youth/Sports Development, and Police Affairs, to investigate the killing of Angela.

Commenting on the Motion, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said, “There are two issues here. One, is how could this have happened? How could the officer mistakenly or otherwise have shot in such a way that led to this young ladies death?

“Secondly, we have passed this Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Act, and the President assented to it on the 30th of December 2017.

“Until we start holding people accountable to these kinds of incidents, they will not stop. What is the point of us passing a Bill, and the President assenting to it, then it becomes law, and still, people will decide that they will not treat a patient.

“Is it that they are not well-informed? Is it that they were not aware that such a law exists? There are a number of issues that we need to address.

“Every Nigerian life is important. Especially young ones that are just about to start their own lives and careers. This is a loss that could have been avoided.”

Some other reactions have trailed in:

Confirming this, Police spokesman, Anjuguri Manzah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said that the command was investigating the incident.

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