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Edo police face investigation for driver's death

05 February 2014, 07:50Augustine Osayande

Abuja – Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has assured the relatives of a truck driver who was allegedly shot dead by police in Benin City last weekend that the culprits would be prosecuted.

The governor made the promise when he received family members of the 35-year-old Odion Egbon at the Government House.

“I want to assure you that both the Edo State Government and the Police are doing everything as we speak to track down those policemen who are alleged to be involved in this murder. I have every reason to believe that we will get them and they will be brought to justice. We will continue to ensure that the protection of the rights of citizens particularly the right to life is respected by all agencies of government, whether it be Federal, State or Local. I assure you that the police are already doing everything possible to ensure that they are brought to justice,” he said.
The Governor consoled the family.

“I want to express my condolences to the family of the Late Odion Egbon. From the narration, a trigger happy policeman killed him. Our laws are clear. Nobody has the right to take the life of another person except as prescribed by the Constitution of Nigeria. Whether you are in uniform or out of uniform, we are all duty bound to respect the laws of the land. From the narrative, it is clear that the man was inside his truck and there was no scuffle or whatever, so clearly this was one death that was completely avoidable. The same day the incident happened, the Commissioner of Police called to brief me about this very sad incident and he assured me that everything is being done to apprehend those policemen regardless of whichever unit they belong to.”

Oshiomhole appreciated the family for not taking the law into their hands.

“The kind of situation would have been enough to trigger a violent protest. So please, don’t take laws into your hands. Everything is being done and I believe the outcome will be satisfactory.”

Spokesman of the family and younger brother of the deceased, Efosa Egbon, said they were in Government House to inform the Governor of the incident and seek that justice be done on the alleged extra judicial killing of their brother.

– CAJ News


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