Horrible, sad, harrowing and devastating are some of the words Nigerians on social media have used to describe the tearjerking story of the alleged killing of a mechanic Chima Ikwunado by some operatives of the Nigeria Police Force in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Comrade Phils, a citizen journalist, shared the story on his Facebook page and has since sparked outrage on social media.
Chima was said to have been tortured to death by some rogue police officers attached to the Mile 1 police station in Port Harcourt.
The operatives allegedly framed the mechanic and his four apprentices for robbery after he refused to give them ‘enough bribe’ for driving against traffic.
Chima’s customer who asked him to fix the two cars he was driving at the point of arrest shared the story with the citizen journalist after he was hinted that his mechanic had been tortured to death while his apprentices have also been sent to death.
The cars they were alleged to have stolen have been returned to the owner (the customer) who said he never filed any complaint that his vehicles were stolen.
Nigerians are enraged as they react to the viral story on Twitter.
Tweeting with the hashtag #JusticeForChima which is presently trending at the second spot on Twitter Nigeria trends, Nigerians are also calling on the police authorities to fish out the officers in the gruesome murder.
Popular rights advocate and #EndSARS proponent, Segun Awosanya aka Segalink in his reaction said his group has contacted the Police Complaint Response Unit (CRU) over the case.
I have asked the relatives of the deceased as well as witnesses on the matter to contact @PoliceNG_CRU @AcpIshaku and follow his directives. All the officers named will be rounded up within 48hrs.
Wale Adetona describe the story as horrible.
This is extremely horrible and sad at the same time. Feels like a movie script that no one would ever imagine innocent lives are being treated like this.
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) January 17, 2020
See other reactions:
I woke up to the sad news of the murder of one Chima In Portharcourt by men of @PoliceNG. We’re gradually getting to the point where citizens will take laws into their hands & challenge the madness of the @PoliceNG. The State CP must account for the life of Chima #JusticeForChima
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè 🇳🇬 (@YemieFash) January 17, 2020
‘ve read the harrowing tweets on the gruesome murder of Chima. This is one reason the Great Oracle stepped back from #EndSars and #PoliceReformBill campaigns. No new laws can reform the Nigeria Police. We need to disband it.#JusticeForChima
— Great Oracle (@AbdulMahmud01) January 17, 2020
Distinguished Sir @AbdulMahmud01 no matter how much the wind howls the mountains will never bow to it. We can’t afford to relent however much the pressure or the prevalence of evil. Pragmatically, disbanding the Police is not something that can materialize now. #JusticeForChima https://t.co/XkN1lACHPU
— SEGA L’éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) January 17, 2020
Almost every family in Nigeria has a relative who is a police officer. Either nuclear or extended family. Pls let us start talking sense into their skulls. Ask them this question “what if I’m d one?” This wickedness mixed wit madness must stop #EndPoliceBrutality #JusticeForChima
— Iyalaya (@Lollylarry1) January 17, 2020
This story is so sad, I feel defeated reading this. How is this even a country? How do we live like this ?
Re the Nigerian police even human ?
Who did this to us? #JusticeForChima pic.twitter.com/g1N0zL6ZKp
— Oluwakemi (@anythingoye) January 17, 2020
The law is clear, it’s better to let a 100 criminal abscond than to convict one innocent person, the number of innocent persons the @PoliceNG has ruined their lives is unimaginable, innocent lives in prison and dead as a result of activities from rogue officers! #JusticeForChima https://t.co/9ylyPg6qzD
— jgagas🗨 PhD (affidavit) (@JGagariga) January 17, 2020
— Comrade Ola Samuel 🇳🇬 (@realpsalmie7) January 17, 2020
When you caution a policeman against torture, they think you’re stoping them from doing their job but in the real sense, you’re actually saving them. How do you explain #JusticeForChima tweets to his parents/loved ones? How do the police culprits explain to their families too?
— M. M. Obono (@martobono) January 17, 2020
I always say this, if u ever hear I’m running for the office of d president or my husband is, I advice the Nigerian police force to ensure we dont win cos if we do, I will be coming for them all. I will even visit the sins of the fathers on d newer generations#JusticeForChima 😭 pic.twitter.com/E8T4OZYYJF
— Kate-Nnaji (@nnaji_kate) January 17, 2020
The news of the gruesome murder of Chima in Portharcourt by Nigeria Police is so disturbing and terrifying, shey na like this we go dey dey?. I’m just so tired of SARS and Police brutality everyday in this country. When are we going to have a break?. #EndSars #JusticeForChima
— Zaddy Ajala (@UNCLE_AJALA) January 17, 2020
— Joy of PortHarcourt (@IamJoyObidike) January 17, 2020
This story broke my heart. There are so many rotten eggs in the Nigerian Police, that sometimes it’s better for a thief to rob you than for you to encounter a Police officer. How did we get here? 😡 #JusticeForChima https://t.co/VVCyoPx7it
— Umeh (@UmehWrites) January 17, 2020
I think it’s now high time the police knows that they are equally civilians too with a costume cloth written Nigerian Police ” E Don reach when we go dey change am for them cause this is Outrageous and absord” painted lies on innocent people for what gain, Sad😢 #JusticeForChima pic.twitter.com/0PKFy5uNKy
— pH last born 👶🏾 (@KellyHendrixx) January 17, 2020
Nigeria is a failed state. The lives of common citizens can be wasted for no reason by the police.
I would have been dead like chima, or in prison like the other 4 boys 10 years ago from the hands of Area F police station in Lagos.
— Truthfully (@Truthfully83) January 17, 2020
How do you take someone’s life just because you can?
Two friends of mine have lost a brother and a cousin to this wicked behavior in the same Port Harcourt.
This is not acceptable. #JusticeForChima
— Amba (@GwSwaggernaut) January 17, 2020
Is the Nigerian police force now some sort of an untouchable God?
Does is mean nothing can be done to make them pay for their evil deeds?
Everyday in this country, one wakes up to really sad news about the brutality of the police, and yet nothing gets done.#JusticeForChima
— Possy The Babe (@possibleoge) January 17, 2020
I just read the #JusticeForChima thread. How do you begin to explain how the police who’s supposed to protect, turning around to harm citizens.
I mean Nigerians run away from kidnappers, armer robbers, terrorists and POLICE too. Wow. So who do we run to? Depressing. 😢
— Ediye (@iamOkon) January 17, 2020
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