Monday, 25th September 2023

Asaba killing: Okowa, Ali, RULAAC call for investigation, sue for peace

By Monday Osayande (Asaba) and Innocent Anoruo (Lagos) 
07 April 2023   |   4:18 am
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State and the state’s Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ari Mohammed Ali have called for prompt and effective investigation and justice for the alleged extrajudicial killing of one...

Delta State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ari Ali

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of  Delta State  and the state’s  Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ari Mohammed Ali have called for prompt and effective investigation and justice for the alleged extrajudicial killing of one , Mr. Onyeka Ibeh, by Obi Ebri, a Police Inspector attached to the Area Command, Asaba, Delta State, on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

He decried the shooting of the deceased, along Ugbolu- Illah Road by a m ember of stop -and -search police team on duty.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, in Asaba, the governor sued for calm, and appealed to residents not to take laws into their hands, but should allow the police to conduct a probe into the  circumstances that led to the sad incident.
He advised citizens to go about their businesses and remain  law- abiding , assuring that the law will take its course on the incident,  after thorough  investigation by the police.
Okowa expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased and reaffirmed the state government’s resolve to  ensure that the prevailing peace in the state endured.

Also, the State Commissioner of Police has  expressed heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Ibeh, shot dead on Wednesday at about 0930 hours by Inspector Ebri Ubi.
The Commissioner said on receipt of the sad news, he immediately ordered the arrest and detention of the errant police officer and directed that his transfer to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Asaba where he has further ordered for a thorough and speedy investigation.

The CP noted that for the Force, being a disciplined organisation, will not condone such cruel action by any of its members, assuring that the offending officer will be subjected to internal disciplinary measures, including criminal prosecution. He, therefore, appealed to members of the public to remain calm and law abiding, assuring them that justice will done in the matter.

ALSO, RULE of Law and Accountability Advocacy Centre (RULAAC) has condemned the alleged extrajudicial killing of Ibeh. Executive Director of RULAAC, Okechukwu Nwanguma, in a statement, called for prompt investigation into the reckless shooting, in view of ensuring justice. 
The centre expressed shock that after the events of #EndSARS in October 2020, a police officer could still engage in such reckless abuse of firearms to kill a fellow citizen for refusing to give a bribe of N100  at a checkpoint. 
“RULAAC commends the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Command, CP Muhammed Ali, for his prompt action in ordering the detention and prosecution of the Police Inspector and urges the CP to ensure a speedy and transparent disciplinary procedure that will lead to substantial justice. This is necessary to create deterrence and send a loud and clear message that impunity can no longer be tolerated by the police. 
“RULAAC conveys its condolences to the family members of the victim,” the  statement added.