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Kubiat Akpan: Lawyer accuses police of lying against the dead, says aged parents ‘weeping endlessly’

A statement released by the police in Akwa Ibom state explaining the circumstances behind the death of Kubiat Isaac Akpan has made things worse for the deceased family, the lawyer representing the family has said.

Kubiat, a fresh graduate of Architecture from the University of Uyo and prospective National Youth Service Corps member, died in police custody.

Akwa Ibom State Police spokesman SP Odiko Macdon said on Saturday the 28-year-old fell ill while in detention and later died in the police clinic.

He said Kubiat was being investigated for suspected armed robbery and cultism and had been evading arrest.

Responding to the statement, Lawyer Inibehe Effiong said Macdon’s allusion to cultism, armed robbery and evasion of arrest are nothing but “pure fiction”.

“It is astonishingly provocative that the PPRO asserted falsely, without any basis, that the deceased was evading police arrest,” Effiong stated. “Kubiat was not sick and had no pre-existing medical condition prior to his arrest on Sunday, the 29th day of August 2021.”

The human rights activist also said Kubiat was “never under investigation for alleged armed robbery or cultism or any criminal case for that matter”.

“The claim by the PPRO that Kubiat complained about ill-health while he was at B Division, Ewet Housing Estate, Uyo is uncanny and preposterous,” the lawyer said. “This is a very irresponsible behaviour by SP MacDon who knows or ought to know that lying against the dead is evil, vicious and against African culture. His statement has made things worse for the deceased family.”

The lawyer added that the deceased family would petition the Force Headquarters, Abuja and the Police Service Commission over the press release issued by SP Macdon.

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