The wife of a vigilante has accused policemen attached to the Sapele Police Division, Delta state, of aiding the thugs who beat and killed her 36-year-old husband.
The wife, Mrs Esther Ifi, said the 6 men gang had tortured her late husband, Mr. Jimoh Ifi, to a coma in the presence of the policemen around 8pm on July 16th, 2014.
It was gathered that the gang has attacked the deceased for failing to remit a sum of N500 to the head of the Vigilante group, Mr. Felix Ipemu. The N500 was given to the victim by a man who visited their joint in the Igbeku Community when the chairman was not around.
It was revealed that the leader of the group, who also doubled as the youth leader in the Community, reportedly ordered his boys to beat up Jimoh for being disloyal to the group.
According to the Wife, Esther, after the husband fall into coma, he was taken to the police station by the policemen.
The father of four was said to have died in police custody the following night.
Esther said the suspected assailants were being sponsored by a politician in the state. It was also alleged that the alleged sponsor had made entreaties to the deceased’s family to ‘settle’ the matter.
Narrating her ordeal, the widow said life had been difficult for the family since her husband was murdered.
She said, “It has been difficult for me to fend for the children since the gang killed my husband. They attacked him three times that very day. He was relaxing at home around 8pm when they attacked him again. Even though the police saw the gang beating him, they did not do anything.
“Instead, they bundled him inside their van and took him to the station. His brother and I begged them to release him, but they refused. It was the following day that we learnt he was dead. Just because of N500, they snatched my joy from me.”