Police forced me to write an apology letter – Ekpoma Dean of Law Faulty, Prof. Edeko replies CP Gwandu
By Ehi Ekhator
The Dean of Law Faculty, Ambrose Ali University, Ekpoma, Prof. Sunday Edeko who was brutalized by the anti-cultist division of the Edo State police command has reacted to the purported apology letter to the force.
The Edo State Commssioner of Police, Haliru Gwandu had refuted the claim that his officers assaulted the professor.
CP Gwandu also read out a letter of apology allegedly written by the Prof. For obstructing the command’s operation.
The Commissioner claimed that the lecturer blocked the police vehicle, demanding to know why the boys were arrested, adding that even though the suspects were neither his relation nor students.
He cleared that the policemen did not in anyways brutalize him as reported.
“This same lecturer was coming from nowhere and he blocked the vehicle of the police, the police did not say anything to him, he said he must know why they were arresting that person. The suspect was not his relation, i doubt if he was even his student but he was exchanging altercation with my policemen. My policemen did not molest him”
On the apology letter, Gwandu reads during a briefing of journalists in Edo State “I write to apologise over the incident that happened in Ekpoma on the 13th March, 2017. I wish to say that it was not my intention at all to obstruct law enforcement being involved in law and order enforcing. Thank you, yours faithfully, Sunday Edeko.”
It could be recalled that when NAIJA CENTER NEWS reported the incident, Edeko had accused the police of forcing him to write both apology letter and a statement, which they instructed must be in their favour.
The Dean complained that his earlier statements were torn and blank sheets were forced into his hand to write a proper letter that would be in the favour of the aggressive and rogue police.
Speaking with NAIJA CENTER NEWS on Tuesday, Edeko sworn to take the police commissioner, CP, Haliru Gwandu to court for the abuse and cover up, adding that the commissioner refused to address the assault on his person.
“ I have always put it there that they beat me up, they compelled me to write to apologise; i did nothing. I have been saying it and i have said it again and again.
“They beat me up with cutlasses and whatever. That letter is the reason I am going after him. He thinks that letter can protect him in court.
“He will need to come to the court and prove that his men did not beat me, I have my witnesses who will testify that they saw them beating me up. So it wasn’t a voluntary letter, it was a letter written under duress
“I am after the beating and the torture. They beat me with cutlass, hammer, cane and everything and I can prove it. That letter will only reinforce that they tortured me to write it”.
NAIJA CENTER NEWS had reported how Edeko was slapped, beaten with cutlass and hammer by some group of rogue policemen in plain clothes, on his way to a mechanic workshop before he was threatened to be charged with cultism, kidnapping and armed robbery on 13th of March.
His wife who went to the station after hearing of her husband arrest was threatened the same way.
Edeko was beaten up for the second time at the police station by a group of rogue police led by ASP Ojo who claimed he and his men are only answerable to the Commissioner of Police.