A family in Gbudue is seeking justice after a group of policemen beats to death their beloved one over an allegation of witchcraft.
Late Angelo Bakoyogo, aged 35, was arrested by police on Wednesday last week after the community accused him of killing people using magical powers.
According to a relative, the late was taken to a temporary police station situated 3 kilometers South of Yambio town.
One of the relatives who requested anonymity told Eye Radio that, late Bakoyogo was later tortured throughout the night until he died…
“There are [a] rumors [that], he killed a person with traditional medicine (witchcraft). Then the police went and arrested him, bring him and they started to beat him throughout the night and he died,” said the relative.
He said the family wanted the authorities to hold accountable those responsible for his death.
“If the police who are friendly to the community is the one who beat and kill him that is what is really making us as the community to be worried. If it is the police who killed him, what can we do as family members again? We will sit and hear what the higher authority or the state government will say about the incident,” added the relative of the late.
When contacted by Eye Radio, Gbudue State Police Commissioner, Major General James Monday Enoka confirmed the incident.
“The police took him to his home and he, in fact, show some of these things there, they again beat him further, then, they took him on a motorbike to bring him to the police station in the course of that he died on the way, and in fact the police took the dead body to the hospital and arrest the 3 police personnel,” said Gen. Monday.
The Police Commissioner said three (3) suspects have been arrested and the investigation is ongoing.
“The 2 people were arrested by the police in the zone before taking these people to the main police station, they decided to beat the people to show were the medicines [witchcraft] are,” said the Police Commissioner.
“One of these guys confessed that he has got medicine so he was taken by the police. They are now under custody and are charged now with murder by excess use of force.”
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