Concerned indigenes of Ikabigbo Community, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, have appealed to the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Baba Alkali Usman, to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of their son, Sergeant Zekeri Bilal Dauda, serving at the Edo State Police Command Headquarters, Benin City.
Sergeant Zekeri who was attached to Criminal Investigation Department (CID) went on official duty with his colleagues last Saturday but reportedly died in an accident on the Benin-Auchi by-pass.
Addressing journalists in Benin yesterday on behalf of the community, Hon. Zibiri Mohammed, the immediate past Secretary to Etsako West Local Government Council said Sergeant Zekeri’s colleagues at the command called the family members on Saturday night that he died in an accident during official duty on the Benin-Auchi by-pass.
“We mobilized to the station and met the three other officers with whom on the official duty but they sustained no injury in an accident in which the impact resulted in bursting the skull of our son,” he said.
Mohammed said the discovery raises questions and suspicions about the claims of his colleagues in the vehicle who didn’t even sustain a scratch on the body.
“Upon questioning, the colleagues explained that the accident happened while on duty along the Benin – Auchi by-pass but when asked about his phone, they couldn’t produce it which further raised more suspicions coupled with the minimal impact on the vehicle that was involved in the accident that resulted in a broken skull.
“On a proper look at the vehicle, we saw that the two tyres on the driver’s side of the vehicle were blood stained and also a whitish substance appeared to be part of the content of the broken skull,” he added.
He said on calling the deceased cell phone, someone answered and said he picked the phone at G.T junction, adjacent Ambrose Alli University College of Medicine, Ekpoma where the alleged accident happened, which his colleagues claimed happened in Benin.
“We have recovered the phone from the person at Ekpoma who also gave us more revelations that it was not an accident but a clear case of murder by his colleagues.
“We are appealing to the state police commissioner; AIG Zone 5, headquarters, Benin and the Inspector General of Police to investigate the matter to unravel the circumstances surrounding our son’s death,” he stated.