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Bayelsa Youths Protest Alleged Killing Of Boy By Police

Bayelsa Protest
Posted: Oct 27, 2016 at 8:15 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Igoniko Oduma

Yenagoa – Angry youths in Epie-Atissa kingdom, Yenagoa local government area of Bayelsa state Wednesday staged a peaceful protest over the alleged killing of 4-year old boy, identified as Godgift Odoki, by an unidentified police officer attached to the state special anti-robbery squad (SARS).

Godgift was reportedly shot dead October 22, 2016 alongside one Anayo, while an unidentified man sustained gunshot wounds in his buttocks during crossfire between the SARS team and a gang of suspected cultists in Ekeki area of Yenagoa.

The youths, under the aegis of Oguan Youth Congress displayed placards with various inscriptions like “We Need Justice for Godgift”, “Oguan Youth Demand Justice”, “Justice in Nigeria Through Police Is Expensive”, among others.

They marched to the state House of Assembly Complex and the Government House both located along the Mbiama-Yenagoa Road in the state capital.

Ken Godswill, president of the group said the two police sergeants fingered in the alleged killing of Odoki should be arrested, investigated and prosecuted.

His words: “We are demanding justice. All we are saying is that justice should be done. SARS should be brought to book”

At the state House of Assembly Complex, the youths were received by the chief whip, Tonye Isenah and Bernard Kenebai, chairman, Bayelsa state House committee on security.

The lawmakers commended the youths for a non-violent protest, noting that the House was “upset by the killing incident”.

According to the lawmakers, the House was also aware of some illegal police operations, especially arrest-for-bail, in which victims were made to cough out huge sums of money to free themselves.

They therefore assured the youths that the issue would be addressed with the police adding that the killing of the boy was a serious matter.

Also, Boma Spero-Jack, special adviser on security matters to Governor Seriake Dickson said “no state government will condone the killing of innocent persons”.