Abuja NSCDC officer, Ogah Jumbo, was killed by blunt blows to the head – Autopsy report

The death of a Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps officer, Assistant Superintendent of Corps, Ogah Jumbo, during a violent encounter with two traffic wardens in Nyanya, Abuja, on March 19, 2019, was as a result of blunt blows to his head.

An autopsy carried out on his remains at the Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, indicated that the 41-year-old also suffered multiple skin and soft tissue injuries and cerebral edema.

Cerebral edema is the excess accumulation of water in the intra or extracellular spaces of the brain during which damaged cells swell, injured blood vessels leak and blocked absorption pathways force fluid to enter the brain tissues.

The post-mortem, which was conducted by Senior Consultant Anatomic Pathologists, Asokoro District Hospital, Dr K. Ezike and Dr I. Okwudire-Ejeh, assisted by Dr Abdulkareem, revealed that there was a bruise on the deceased’s forehead above the right eyebrow, measuring 2.5 x 1cm.

The autopsy report obtained by PUNCH Metro in Abuja on Monday, stated that there was also a bruise on the lateral aspect of the skin of the left eye socket, 1.5cm below the left eye and measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.

Ada, the widow of the deceased, who witnessed the altercation between Ogah and the traffic wardens, had said that her husband was dragged on the ground by  the traffic wardens till he died.

She stated that he was beaten with batons and sustained broken fingernails and bruises on his toes during the encounter.

The autopsy report stated, “Multiple skin and soft tissue injuries are observed as follows: Bruise on the right forehead, 1cm above the lateral aspect of the right eyebrow measuring 2.5 x 1cm; bruise on the lateral aspect of the skin of the left eye socket, 1.5cm below the left eye and measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.

“Bruise on the central portion of the right knee cap, measuring 2 x 1.5cm; bruise on the right leg, 4cm below the knee cap and measuring 2 x 1.5cm; two bruises next to each other (above and below), just beneath the left knee cap, measuring 1.5 x 1.2cm and 1.5 x 1.5cm, respectively; and bruise on the tip of the right big toe, measuring 1.5 x 0.5cm.

“Sections from the brain show congestion of vascular channels and foci of perivascular halos, features consistent with cerebral edema. Final anatomical diagnoses: Multiple skin and soft tissue injuries, blunt force injury to the head and cerebral edema.”

The report added that the victim’s right lung upper lobe, left lung lower lobe, right and left adrenal gland were retained for further examination.

Also kept for histology were the right and left kidneys, spleen, liver and brain.

A group, Joint Civil Society Action Against Extra-judicial Killings, however, insisted on the setting up of a commission of inquiry to investigate all cases of extra-judicial killings by police personnel across the country.

Addressing journalists in Abuja on Monday, the Convener of the group, Paul Edeh, asked the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to mete out commensurate sanctions based on the report of the commission of inquiry as well as prosecute any police officer found culpable in the killing of innocent Nigerians to serve as a deterrent to others.

The lawyer also demanded the prosecution of the Nyanya Divisional Police Officer, Igbekele Ogunfemi, and his men for alleged involvement in Ogah’s death.

He said, “We demand that the Nigeria Police Force tenders an unreserved apology for the false information presented by the force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, at his press conference of March 21, 2019.

“We also demand that the acting Inspector-General of Police immediately pays a condolence visit to the widow of Ogah Jumbo to commiserate with her over the brutal killing of her husband.”

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