The body of the murdered actor and singer Slami Ifeanyi has now been made public by the Anambra State Police Command.
The protest was started by a friend of the dead who said that the police had wanted N350,000 to remove the body from their possession so that it could be buried.
Ifeanyi was shot and killed on Saturday at Umubele, Awka, the capital of Anambra State, by several assailants who have not yet been named.
According to reports, the 31-year-old songwriter was being ambushed and slain while operating his just purchased vehicle.
The Twitter user, with the handle @princenenchecfr, had raised the alarm in a tweet as he requested the help of the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and his Lagos State counterpart, Benjamin Hundeyin.
The Anambra State police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga, in his reply said, “We are aware of the shooting that took place that day which led to the death of the young man. Preliminary information reveals that it is cult related. I will follow up. Meanwhile, we have three suspects in custody.”
But speaking to our correspondent on the telephone on Thursday, the tweep said, “The matter has been resolved, all thanks to the state police spokesman, Tochukwu Ikenga.
“It was the police officers at the police station in Awka who were demanding for the sum of N350,000, but the command had intervened and asked the family to go and pick the corpse at the mortuary.
“The Divisional Police Officer of the command was summoned and he claimed ignorance that his men were demanding money from the family of the deceased and thereafter, ordered for the release of the corpse to the family.”
Confirming the incident, Ikenga said the corpse had been released to the family and that the protesting Twitter user had reached the command to thank it for its intervention and cooperation.
“The corpse has been released to the family,” Ikenga said.
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