Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and Madam Osas Momodu, mother of Ibrahim Momodu
Students of the University of Benin on Wednesday disrupted vehicular movements along major roads in Benin City, the Edo state capital while protesting the alleged killing of Ibrahim Momodu a final year student of their institution by men of the Ogida police station.
The police allegedly murdered Mr Momodu on 27 May and buried him the next day even before the family could determine his whereabout.
Elder sister of the deceased Rebecca Egbe, while calling for justice gave an account of how the life of his brother was cut short by the bullet allegedly fired by the DPO of Ogida police station and buried without the knowledge of family.
“ 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.
She said she went to the Police on the 29thMay 2013, only to be told that he had been killed by Carol Afegbua, the DPO of Ogida Police station and was buried the next day without the knowledge of the family.
“His cell-phone which was with the Police rang all through as we are trying to locate his where about until the Police finally picked the call and asked my mother to come to the police. When the DPO was confronted and asked why his men shot my brother, she said they explained they didn’t know his identity because his men asked him to stop and he refused, alleging that he was carrying a gun and wanted to shoot at his men on patrol before his men shoot at him in self defense,” she said
The Police Public Relations Officer, Moses Eguavoen told newsmen that the late Momodu was an armed robber, adding that a gun, bullets, two mobile phones and a bag was found with the deceased
But this is his word as against that of a dead boy who cannot tell his own side of the story.
Mr Momodu’s mother, not satisfied with that explanation and angered by the fact that her son was hurriedly buried sought justice at the hands of the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
And Governor Oshiomhole has promised to set up an enquiry into the incident.