Wonders ensured at the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as an affidavit deposed before it by the police stated that a victim of an assault volunteered statement to i48 hours after death..
At the sitting on Monday, the police was absent from court, after claiming, in its affidavit in support of motion to discharge order earlier issued by the court, that the alleged victim of an assault who supposedly died on January 24, 2018 volunteered his statement two days later on January 26, 2018.
The motion to discharge the exparte order granted, Mrs. Peter Oku, wife of the detained suspect on April 13, 2018, followed the detention of her husband for over five weeks without bail or being charged to court for murder.
It was learnt that the Commissioner of Police in the state had refused to comply with the order of Justice Fatum Riman even after counsel to the detained suspect officially intimated the commissioner, attaching a copy of the court order.
After the counter affidavit of the applicant counsel and observing the contradictions in its affidavit, the Police was nowhere to be found to move its motion.
The suspect was arrested and detained by the Police in March, following the allegation that Mr. Friday Joseph Akpan died as a result of injuries inflicted on him by the suspect on December 28, 2017.
The Police said it conducted autopsy on the alleged corpse of the deceased without the presence of the accused or his representative.
In a curious contradiction, the age of the corpse documented on the autopsy report was given as 75 years while the age on the supposed statement of the victim, (Mr. Friday Joseph Akpan) volunteered, two days after he reportedly died was given as 66 years.
But the accused counsel, Kufre Okon Esq. argued that even the petition which led to the arrest of his client’s husband was written on March 23, 2018 – a month after the deceased had died, yet his counsel stated that as at that time the victim was bedridden.
In the absence of police to move its motion to discharge, counsel to the detained suspect moved his motion to enforce the fundamental rights of the suspect, claiming N50m in damages.