Police DPO Shot, Killed And Buried UNIBEN Student
Vehicular movement was hampered in some parts of Benin city on Monday as students of the University of Benin took to the streets of the Edo state capital to protest the alleged murder of one of their students by a Police DPO in the state.
The student, a 500 level, 22 year Old student, Momodu Ibrahim, of the Faculty of Laboratory Science was said to have been shot, killed, and buried by the Police.
The students dressed in black attire marched through the streets of Benin calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of the Ogida Police station, Carol Afegbua, over her alleged complicity in the murder of Momodu.
The deceased, who was the only male child of his parents, was said to have been shot a stone throw from his family house located at No 1, Igbobawaye Street off Siluko road by Textile mill junction.
The immediate elder sister of the deceased, Ebohon Rebecca Egbe, who spoke to newsme at the NUJ secretariat, demanded for justice on behalf of her brother. She gave an account on how her brother was killed by the bullet of the Divisional Police Officer in-charge of Ogida.
She said: “I was in my office in Port-Harcourt when I received a call from Benin from a cousin of mine who is a Police officer that I should take heart that we lost Ibrahim my younger brother. I called my mother and she said they have been looking for him in last two days, normally it is after 48 hours that you report such thing to the Police.
“So, she went to the Police on Wednesday, 29th May 2013, only to be told that he has been killed by Carol Afegbua, the DPO of Ogida Police station and was buried the next day without the family knowing. His cell-phone which was with the Police rang all through as we are trying to locate his whereabouts until the Police finally picked the call and asked my mother to come to the police station. When the DPO was confronted and asked why his men shot my brother she explained they didn’t know his identity because his men asked him to stop and he refused. she also alleged that he was carrying a gun and wanted to shoot at his men on patrol before his men shoot at him in self defence”
She further disclosed that the police informed the family that the body of the slain student had been buried at a public Cemetery in Egor local Government Area of the state.
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