MICHAEL VS DOPT: Team Leader Accused Of Hawker’s Death In Police Custody

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By Jonathan Ugbal

The leader of the enforcement team from the Department of Public Transport (DOPT)which allegedly caused the death of Mr. Michael Eyo Essien, a hawker at Watt Market in Calabar is currently in Police Custody says the acting Director General of the DOPT, Mr. Godwin Nyiam.

“I have brought the driver and leader of that group and handed over to the police,” Nyiam told CrossRiverWatch in a telephone chat on Wednesday.

The Police had nabbed two of the team members and claimed a third had ran.

But, Nyiam said that: “The driver did not run away. Nobody called for the driver’s head. Now that they asked me to bring the driver, I have provided the driver; let the driver speak for himself, I was not there. As the leader of the group. Let them speak to the Police.”

In what seemed to be a reply to critics over his position on the matter, Nyiam who had earlier described the incident as an “accident” in an earlier interview with CrossRiverWatch, averred that: “As the leader of the department, I condemn the act, the killing; as Goddy Nyiam I condemn (it), as a human being, I condemn (it), as a Nigerian, I condemn (it) and I assure the families that they will bring justice to them.”

Also, the Cross River State Government came under intense criticism for not making effort to reach out to the family of the victim.

The widow of the late Creek Town in Odukpani local government area native, had called for the Government to fill in her husband roles.

And, Nyiam said that: “At the course of the investigation, the Police will bring the family and the DOPT together and we will meet and then we will discuss terms.”

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