The Rivers State Police Command has dismissed media reports over the death of Philip Brown, aka ‘School Boy’, in detention of the Eagle Crack Unit, Port Harcourt.
According to the Command, ‘School Boy’ died as a result of a mob attack and not because of police torture as widely reported.
One Mike Pepple, who claimed to be a relative of ‘School Boy’ and a resident of Soku (Okwelle) waterfront Mile 2 – Diobu, Port Harcourt had in a viral media interview, claimed he was tortured to death by the police.
But addressing media executives at the Rivers State Police Command Port Harcourt, Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan said while it was true that the deceased was a known criminal in the area, it was residents of the waterfront who mobbed him.
CP Mukan said ‘School Boy’ was already in a bad shape before the Diobu Vigilante handed him over to the E-Crack Unit for further investigation.
”That is the misconception of the actual fact, the suspect that died was involved in criminal activity in the waterside.
“The vigilante got information and informed the police, the vigilante sent their men under cover, they were able to grab one of the cultists that were making life unbearable for people living at the waterside.
”There was a mob action, he was beaten to stupor and some of the vigilante were injured but at the end of the day, there was a reinforcement and they took him to the E-crack station.