Family members of Salvation Adaka, a Police Sergeant, who was shot dead by his colleagues over N20,000 ‘largesse’ on November 7, 2016 have called on the Police authorities to prosecute the culprits.
It was gathered that Adaka and three of his colleagues from Agudama-Ekpetiama Police Division were on patrol duty on November 7 2016 and stopped over at a wake keep where they were rewarded with N20,000
Trouble however started when an argument ensued over the sharing formula for the gift received by Adaka, the most senior member of the patrol team and he was shot dead in the ensuing scuffle.
Joseph Yabefa, a representative of the family of the deceased policeman said on Monday in Yenagoa that the family just received the autopsy reports which confirmed that Adaka died of gunshots.
He said that the pathologist who conducted the post mortem and autopsy found pieces of the lethal bullets in the spinal cord of the deceased.
Yabefa who expressed satisfaction with the steps so far taken by the Bayelsa Police Command on the incident noted that the family is demanding the prosecution of the suspects.
He said: “We have been following developments on the case, our interactions with the police indicate that three of the Policemen with Adaka on that day were immediately arrested and detained.
“We were also told that one of them who was found not to be culpable have been released while two are still in Police custody awaiting prosecution while they have been discharged.
“Most importantly investigations have indicated that they were on official duty when the incident happened and not on illegal duty as being speculated in some quarters.
“We are still in grief because Salvation Adaka was a bread winner to the entire extended family including his immediate family; he has an aged mother, five children as well as elder and younger brothers that depended on him.
“We urge the Police to sustain the tempo and not to tamper with the evidences available that will form the basis of prosecution, we shall follow this matter to a logical conclusion,” Yabefa said.
Sources at Bayelsa Police Command confirmed that the two policemen indicted in the case have been dismissed from service.
Asinim Butswat, Spokesman of Bayelsa Police Command however said on telephone that discipline and sanction of the three policemen lies within the administrative powers of the Bayelsa Police Commissioner.