Task force officials have allegedly beaten a man to death in an altercation which occured on Tuesday February 26, 2020 in Rivers State.
The man who was street trading, illegal markets and motor parks was allegedly beaten to death by the Task force officials of the Rivers State government, he is yet to be identified, although it is speculated that he is a Bureau de change operator near Hotel Presidential at Aba Road, GRA Phase II.
The Nation spokesperson of the task force Bright Amaewhule denied allegation of its officials beating the man to death. He said;
“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.”
An eye witness however took to his social media page where he shared pictures from the incident with caption;
Hausa community barricade Aba road, following killing of their kinsman who trades currency.
They claim he was allegedly killed by men of the Rivers State task force on illegal street trading just now
The state police command spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni however confirmed the incident and further revealed that it is being investigated.