A master of ceremonies, Mr Victor Ekpekpe, tells how a team of the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit allegedly beat his father, Chief F . I . Ekpekpe, till he lost consciousness in Obiaruku, Delta State in June 2020
What do you do for a living?
I am a professional master of ceremonies and an entertainer .
I am a graduate of the University of Benin, Edo State .
I graduated in 2015.
When I could not get a regular job , I ventured into entertainment .
That’ s what I do to feed my family .
Have you been affected by police brutality ?
Yes , my father was brutalised on June 20, 2020 by some evil policemen from the Inspector General of Police Monitoring Unit .
It was very horrible. One Inspector Christopher led the IGP monitoring team to my father ’ s house .
How did it happen ?
I wasn’ t around when they came.
They met my father , who is a chief in Obiaruku Kingdom .
They asked for the owner of the building.
They asked if the owner was a member of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers and my father said he was the owner of the building .
They said they learnt that his son was an Internet fraudster because he bought a Mercedes Benz car and my father started laughing , thinking it was a joke .
So , they told my father that they were there to search the house .
My father was surprised so he told them they could not just come around 2 am to search my house .
He told them that the police had no right to search someone’ s house around 2 am without a search warrant .
They were not even in uniform and they didn’ t show their identity cards.
They asked my father if he wanted to teach them their jobs and said if his son did not give them N 2 m , the house would be brought down .
And my mum has a bad leg.
As she managed to come out, they pushed her and she fell down .
Then they started beating my father , just because he demanded to see their search warrant.
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They used a rifle to smash his mouth and blood was all over the ground .
Three police officers outside were shooting indiscriminately and eventually they searched everywhere but could not find anything incriminating .
Yet they put my father in the boot of their vehicle and drove some distance.
They thought my father was dead so they dumped him by roadside .
They didn’ t remember they had reported at Obiaruku Police Divisional Headquarters before coming to our house .
That was how we were able to get the name .
So , my father returned home with injuries all over his body and we took him to the hospital for treatment .
Three days later , he fell down as he was walking on the street .
He was rushed to Delta State Management Board Hospital , Obiaruku , where it was discovered that he had internal bleeding .
Are you satisfied with the recent dissolution of the Special Anti -Robbery Squad ?
I don’ t believe they should have scrapped SARS, but my opinion is that they should end brutality , extortion , and corruption in the system because we still need the police .
The bad eggs among them must be fished out .
What did you do after that ?
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