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Woman Cries Out: "Nigeria Police Killed My Husband"

The wife of a private security firm owner, Gladys Kelikuma, has accused the police of being behind the murder of her husband, Ernest Kelikuma.

60-year-old Kelikuma, a father of 10 children and a native of Ewechi-Onicha-Ukwuani in Ndokwa West area of Delta State, was allegedly murdered after he received a call from an investigating police officer over the arrest of an armed robber by his private security outfit.

The wife said the incident occurred on August 31, at Fegge Police Station at about 6.30pm, adding that the remains of her husband were deposited at Boromi Hospital, Onitsha by the police.

According to Punch, Kelikwuma’s security firm - Ambassador Security Service & Co. Ltd - located at No 52, Old market road, Onitsha in Anambra State, had apprehended an armed robber, who was trying to break into a house in Fegge town and recovered the robber’s gun.

The wife of the deceased, who spoke to Punch in Asaba, maintained that the spirit of her husband would not rest until his killers were brought to book.

She said, “My husband left the house full of life on that day after receiving a call from the police and never returned home. All they are telling us is that Ernest killed himself while trying to dislodge the gun found with the robber.”

The son of the deceased, Chidubem Kelikwuma, narrated that:
“On 31st August, my father and I were eating in the house when he received a call from Fegge Police Station on his MTN line at about 4.45pm.

“He immediately left the food and told me that his attention was needed at the police divisional headquarters and requested that I should go with him to the station, but I told him that I was tired and needed to rest.

“He left the house with the promise to return very soon, but we never saw him again. The next day, my mother told me that she received a call from the security adviser to my father requesting that she should come to the police station.

“The gun that the police claimed killed my father was the exhibit which my father’s security personnel, Emmanuel Akpan, handed over to the police after apprehending the armed robber.”

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Anambra State Police Command, Nkiruka Nwode, said she was not aware of the incident, but promised to call back.

The state police spokesperson, however, did not call back as promised as of the time of reporting.