A man has been beating to death by Task force officials of the Rivers State government in an altercation which happened today February 26.
Even though the man reportedly beaten to death by the operatives of the state task force on street trading, illegal markets and motor parks is yet to be identified, it is speculated that he is a Bureau de change operator beside Hotel Presidential at Aba Road, GRA Phase II.
The spokesman of the task force, Bright Amaewhule denied the allegation when contacted by The Nation. He went on to claim that the deceased slumped on his own and was rushed to a nearby military hospital by the task force officials who hoped he will be resuscitated.
“There is no truth in the rumour making the rounds that members of the state task force killed the man; my men had no hand whatsoever in that death; instead they came to offer help to the fainting man but were turned down by the deceased’s brothers around.
“However, the man that died was not a money Bureau de change person, instead he runs a buka behind the refurbished presidential hotel busstop along Aba Road, although we have been asking him to leave the place.”
Nnamdi Omoni, the state’s police command spokesperson who confirmed the incident, revealed that investigations into the matter is currently ongoing.
According to eyewitnesses, the road was barricaded by kinsmen of the deceased after the incident.
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