Edo - The Edo Government is to set up an inquiry into the killing of a 22-year-old final year student of the University of Benin by the police, Gov. Aadams Oshiomhole said on Tuesday.
The police had said that the student, identified as Momodu, was shot by a senior police officer on patrol in Benin.
The police alleged that the deceased was found with a gun and also resisted arrest.
Oshiomhole announced the plan of the government in Benin when he addressed members of the student’s family and representatives of the student’s community at the Government House.
The governor described the killing as very unfortunate and added that "anything that leads to death other than through a judicial pronouncement the government will not tolerate.'
"The police have offered their own explanation; it was different from the narration by the students as was seen on television and published in the newspapers, including the statement from the family.
“The only thing both sides agree on is that late Momodu was shot and killed. That is not in dispute but what is in dispute is why he was so killed.''
The governor said whether the police shot the student in "self- defence or killed him because someone was trigger happy, we, as a government, will do everything to unmask the truth.’’
He said every story had more than one side, "particularly when it is of this nature but what we can do as a government is to try to establish the facts and have an open mind.
"I have listened to the statement made by the mother of Late Momodu and I understand how she feels, myself being a father; everyone of us readily imagines the pain in her heart.’’
The governor said that nothing could be done to bring back the dead but promised that government would take steps to ensure such incident was not repeated in the state.
"We will set up an inquiry; I will consult with the Ministry of Justice in terms of the proper nature of the inquiry to ask for the appropriate nature of the inquiry,’’ he said.
Oshiomhole said the inquiry would help to establish some basic facts about the incident to enable the government to take a decision.
"On the basis of the finding, we would decide if someone is liable and the degree of that liability, we can then take steps within the law to get justice,’’ he said.
The governor called on any person with evidence that would help establish the case to feel free to provide such information.
The governor pleaded with the colleagues of the dead not to take the law into their hands, saying such action would only create more confusion.
Earlier, the representative of the students presented a letter of their complaints to the governor.
Also, the mother of the deceased alleged her son was killed and probably buried without the family seeing his corpse.
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