by Paul Osas
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo state has promised to set-up a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the killing of Ibrahim Momodu, a 500-level student of the University of Benin by policemen. He was allegedly shot by a team of policemen led by the DPO of Ogida Division, Mrs. Carol Afegbua.
Oshiomhole said the state government would do everything possible to unravel the circumstances leading to the killing of Momodu.
Meanwhile, Edo State Police Command on Tuesday said the slain University of Benin student, Ibrahim Momodu, was killed in self defence. The deceased was shot on May 27, killed and buried hurriedly by the police without the consent of his relatives, who later found out after two days.
The police in an official statement said: “Operatives at Ogida Division led by the DPO while on a routine patrol within the area intercepted a cyclist and another with an unregistered motor-cycle at Obayuwana junction in SIluko Road.
“The suspect immediately brought out a Russian made cut to size double barrel gun but policemen noticing his action responded swiftly and shot at the suspect later known to be Ibrahim Momodu who died on his way to the hospital.”
In reaction, students and indeed members of civil society groups and the family legal team sequel to the Monday protest, took a protest letter to the governor’s office on Tuesday. The governor said the corpse of Ibrahim would be exhumed for examination to determine the possible cause of death. He condoled with the family of the deceased, assuring that the state government would not allow any unlawful killings in the state.
The letter presented to the governor by the family lawyer, Jefferson Uwoghiren, demanded justice be done. In an excerpt from letter the lawyer said: “Arising thereof, we demand an urgent exhumation of the body for a proper inquest to determine manner and cause of death. We demand the immediate suspension and arrest of Mrs. Carol Afegbua, the DPO of Ogida Police Station who carried out the killing.”