The family of a former finance minister, Nenadi Usman, has sent a petition the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, over what it alleges is the cold blood murder of 31-year-old Anita Akapson, the daughter of the former minister.
In a petition signed by the lawyer to the family, Kayode Ajulo, the Usmans allege that the Akapson “was trailed, targeted, intercepted, her vehicle brushed, blocked and shot at close range by a police officer at Katampe District, Abuja.”
The victim, who recently returned to the country after her university education in the United Kingdom, was driving out of her house at Katampe Extension by Gwarimpa Estate in a Honda Accord car when she was intercepted and shot dead by a Superintendent of Police around 11 pm on Saturday.
The officer, whose identity is being witheld by the police was said to have mistaken her for a suspected car thief.
The force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, said in a statement in Abuja on Monday, that the IG had ordered that the policemen be detained and also asked the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, to carry out a thorough investigation into the incident.
It is believed that the police team had earlier arrested two suspected car theives around the victim’s neighbourhood.
The thieves had allegedly successfully demobilised the car and were about driving away when policemen arrested them, but one of them reportedly scaled the fence into Akapson’s compound.
The policemen then surrounded the building and were lying in wait for the fleeing suspect when the woman unexpectedly drove out of the compound.
“The SP fired at the car thinking it was the suspect that was driving out and the woman was hit by bullets. She was rushed to Gwarimpa General Hospital where she died,” a senior police officer said.
But the family said Akapson was shot in the stomach after the police blocked her car and punctured the tyres with several bullets.
The lawyer to the family, Ajulo, in the petition demanded a thorough investigation into the killing, stating that Akapson’s murderers were being shielded by the police authorities.
Ajulo hinted that Usman believed that the murder might have been politically motivated because of her position as a member of the leading opposition party in the country.
An excerpt from the petition states, “The circumstances of the trailing, tracking and gruesome murder of the deceased who had a strong affinity with Senator Nenadi Usman, a member of the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, and who is presently facing continuous prosecutions from the state, calls for thorough and comprehensive investigation.”
“Given the level of intimidation of opposition by the instrumentalities of the state, our clients are worried as to the intent or possible calculated assassination of the deceased to further cause anguish to the family.”