* Fails to parade principal suspect
* As family alleges suspect not in police custody
By Tunde Adetunji, Abuja
The police on Thursday made public the autopsy report of the alleged murder of Joy Odama, a 200 level student of Cross River State University, allegedly in the hands of one Alhaji Usman Adamu last year.
But Adamu was not paraded.
The family of the deceased alleged that the principal suspect was not in police custody, and wondered why the police was shielding him.
In the first autopsy report by the family poisoning was said to have led to her death but the second by the police fingered carbon monoxide inhalation.
But, in reaction to the allegations of police negligence, Force spokesman, Jimoh Moshood said: ” We don’t have any contradictions in regards to what we have said. The issue of murder is a capital offence which cannot be compromised at any level it has to go to court. Anybody has the right to go to court to table any other grievances that they might have observed or felt has happened in the course of the investigation into the matter.
“I want to assure you that what the police have done is a very thorough job that can stand the test of trial in court against the accused person. As I speak the accused person is still in police custody and that is very important to everyone to ensure that justice is done.”
He added that the report does not exonerate the suspect in question and the general public should ignore the conflicting reports.
“I want to say that we did not reject the first autopsy report. The first autopsy report was not conclusive. In fact Dr Paul Jibrin equally witnessed the second autopsy report examination that was done. Dr Paul Jibrin was the person that did the first one that I showed you and he was present when they conducted the second one by Dr Wilson Akinwu and we equally have Augustine Okechukwu of Basic Rights Enlightenment Foundation who was equally present at the second round of the autopsy when it was carried out and it was done at the National Hospital.
“The report of the second autopsy is not exonerating the suspect and that is what is important. The prosecution will still go ahead. We should disabuse our minds with any conflicting view whether police is out to exonerate the principal suspect in this regard,” he said.
For a background, please read: https://everyday.ng/2017/06/05/a-dead-lady-alhaji-adamu-and-police-top-hierachy/