Saturday, September 26, 2020

Father weeps as autopsy reveals Rivers artiste died of gunshot complications

The Rivers State Police Command said a 20-year-old up-and-coming artiste, Daniel Ikeaguchi (aka Sleek), died of gunshot complications following an autopsy conducted on his corpse.

A consultant pathologist for the state police command, Musa Stevens, told journalists that the autopsy was conducted at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital.

He said a missile object consistent with a metallic bullet was found in the deceased’s body.

Stevens further said he saw a penetrating wound on the back of the late artiste, noting that he (Ikeaguchi) died of complications from the injuries he sustained.

Stevens added, “The body before me that was examined showed a single penetrating wound from the back. I recovered a missile object consistent with a metallic bullet. From my examination, he (Ikeaguchi) died of complications from the injury.”

Ikeaguchi was allegedly shot by Special Anti-Robbery Squad operatives of the Rivers command in the Elelenwo area of Port Harcourt, the state capital, last Saturday.

The incident has since sparked protests, especially by youths and civil society organisations, demanding justice for the slain musician.

Meanwhile, father of the late musician, Mr Dominic Ikeaguchi, who broke down in tears after seeing the lifeless body of his son, has also demanded justice, saying he was heartbroken.

“Somebody just wasted my son. There was no war; there was no fight; there was no riot. The boy wasn’t involved in any fracas or robbery.