There was pandemonium in Kabusa Community of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as a man died in police custody and several persons were left with different degree of injuries in a fracas that erupted between the Police and some residents on Tuesday.
The Leader of the community, Mr John Joseph who spoke to our reporter on Tuesday in Abuja, said that the family of the deceased came to bail their brother at Kabusa Police station and found out that their brother was dead
Joseph, however, said that this resulted to a serious protest, and threw the community into pandemonium.
Campaign Pilot gathered that the deceased, was arrested last week for allegedly hitting someone in an auto crash.
An eye witness who claimed anonymity, told Campaign Pilot that as at the the time of the arrest, the deceased was sick and needed medical attention but the police refused to release the man.
“Someone was arrested and he was not feeling fine, so the relations were begging the police that they should release their brother so that he will be treated but the police refused.
“The man later died in their custody. The relations now came to carry their corpse and found out that the body was nowhere to be found.
“The police took the corpse to the mortuary without informing the relations. This led to protest which made the police to start shooting randomly and several passerby were hit with stray bullets”.
Campaign pilot confirmed some of the injured persons were rushed to unknown hospital in Apo.
All efforts made to reach the police authority in the community proved abortive as they declined talking about the incident.
In another development, the Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has reacted to the incident in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Mariam Yusuf, on Tuesday in Abuja.
She said that the protest followed agitation by some residents over a suspect who was earlier rescued from an angry mob for knocking down two passengers, leaving them with injuries.
According to her, the suspect, who has been beaten to pulp by the angry mob, fell ill and was rushed to the hospital for treatment where the doctor certified him dead.
“In view of the above, some residents of Kabusa, during the protest attempted to overrun the Police Divisional Headquarters but were resisted by a Joint Team of Police Operatives.
“Regrettably, in the bid to restore calm one young resident sustained serious injuries and is currently receiving medical attention,” she said.