Promise Akpan, a 52-year old widow from Nnungudu Community in Ibesikpo Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State on Wednesday, told the judicial panel investigating incidences of police brutality in the state that her son, Akaniyere, was killed while preparing for the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) in May 2019.
Akpan, who is a retired civil servant, explained that her son was killed in the market her son went to, to buy shoes needed for the school.
“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,” she narrated.
The widow, in tears, said her 26-year old son was taken from the police station at Ibesikpo and buried, adding that since he left home, she has not seen him till date.”
The seven-man-panel presided over by Justice Ifiok Ukana (retd.), adjourned the case till January 21, 2021, for further hearing.