A young woman, Anita Akapson, has been killed by the police in Abuja. Anita was killed on the night of Saturday, October 13, 2018.
While the cause of her death still remains unknown, some of her friends who tweeted about the incidence said she had an encounter with the police on Saturday night, which led her to being shot.
A twitter user, Ms Carla @ihekauche, who claimed to be a friend of the deceased said that, she was gunned down after a verbal confrontation with a yet-to-be identified policeman. Feeling threatened, she tried to run away when the policeman shot her.
According to Ms Carla, having spent almost all her life in the UK, Anita decided to relocate to Nigeria and it hasn’t been up to a year before the sad incidence.
Some tweeted that she was outside her house when the police shot her dead.
And that's how the police killed a good friend of mine last night in abuja😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 @segalink please I thought this killings will stop, she didn't deserve this😭😭😭😭😭
— ★Ms. Carla ♥ (@ihekauche) October 14, 2018
Anita Akapson was gunned down last night by policemen that were dragging with her at Maitama, Abuja …SHE DID NOTHING WRONG and her family have reported but no response
— CHRIS HAZE GRAPHICS 🎨🎨 (@ChrisHaze_) October 14, 2018
However, it was reported that the policeman involved in the death of Anita says it was a case of mistaken identity.
Meanwhile the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the killing.
Date: 15th October, 2018
RE: Death of Miss Anita Akapson at Katampe Extension, Abuja
— Nigeria Police Force (@PoliceNG) October 15, 2018
While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the IGP assured that justice will prevail as he has ordered that the policemen involved in the incident be detained and a thorough investigation be carried out. He also said that the public will be informed of the outcome of investigations into the incident.
The family of Anita Akapson has also petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the tragic event this is according to a report by, THISDAY
Our clients have availed us of the circumstance of the gruesome murder of their daughter, Anita Akapson, (31 years old) who was gruesomely shot at close range by a trigger-happy police officer for reasons unknown to our clients.
It is our brief that our clients received a distress call at about 11pm on the 13th of October, 2018 by an anonymous caller who informed them that their daughter was in Gwarinpa District Hospital. But, on the arrival of our clients at the hospital, Miss Anita had died from the gunshot injuries.
Several eye witnesses (names withheld) detailed to our clients how the deceased was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer while she was sitting in her vehicle (a Honda Accord Salon) at Katampe District, Abuja.
The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased who had a strong affinity with Senator Nenadi Usman, a member of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, and who is presently facing continuous prosecutions from the states, unleashed with inattentive executive sanctions, calls for thorough and comprehensive investigation.
“We, therefore, based on the foregoing, urge you to use your good offices to cause a comprehensive investigation of the killing and surrounding circumstances without further delay to unravel the intent and the culprits behind this mindless act.
Sir, you will agree with us that the right to life is fundamental and non- negotiable. Nobody regardless of how highly placed should be allowed to take another person’s life and yet live freely in our society.
TAKE NOTICE that we would be left with no other option than to use the instrumentality of the law to seek justice in the death of Miss Anita Akapson if investigations are not timeously and thoroughly conducted,” the letter continued.