The trigger-happy mobile police officer attached to Mopol 5 with force No: 364780 allegedly shot the 35-year-old driver, Egbon, for going against traffic in Ikpoba Hill area of Benin.
Mr. Folusho Adebanjo, Commissioner of Police for Edo State confirmed the arrest on telephone with newsmen, adding that the killer corporal will be charged to court today (Wednesday).
Reacting to this, Coalition of Civil Society in Edo State yesterday urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Abubarkar to stop the rising cases of police extra-judicial killings in the state.
The Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor who led the Civil Society coalition to the family of the bereaved described the circumstances that led to Odion’s death as “barbaric and demonic”. Ugolor urged the IG to set up an independent panel to investigate the death, and commended the State Police Commissioner and Governor Adams Oshiomhole for the steps taken so far.
His words:“the sole responsibility of the government is to protect lives and property, and when that right is not protected, the entire people will be under threat”.
Ugolor urged the state government to fund the cost of independent autopsy for the deceased and other funeral expenses in order to “spare the bereaved family of double jeopardy”.
On his part, Convener, Edo Forum Against Impunity (EFAI), Comrade Kola Edokpayi urged that the “killer cop be paraded in a manner the police parades criminals”.
Edokpayi who condemmed Odion’s death said:“injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.