The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Johnson Kokumo and the Coordinator General of Edo Civil Society Organisations, Comrade Omobude Agho and some members of the organization paid a condolence visit to the family of Late David Okoniba who was alleged to have been pushed by a police officer thereby resulting to a crush by a moving lorry resulting to his untimely death (see HERE).
The commissioner of police who regretted the unfortunate incident, assured the family of thorough investigation and prosecution of the police officers involved if found culpable, he further went on to build the family confidence on his zero tolerance to human rights abuses. The father of the deceased and other family members were on the ground to receive the CP at their Urora home off Benin-Auchi Road.
The father of the deceased appreciated the CP for deeming it important to visit the family and spoke about the young man’s plan of getting married by the weekend.
The CP made some commitments geared towards the assuagement of the pains the family is currently going through. He spoke in Esan dialect with the aid of an interpreter.
The Coordinator General of Edo Civil Society Organizations, a network of civil rights groups in Edo state whose members are drawn from Human Rights Activists thanked that CP for taking out time in reaching out to the family of the deceased. He further stated that for a very long time, no CP would leave his office to attend to such a matter, citing previous cases of extra judicial killings by the police in the state.
He assured the family that EDOCSO would ensure that justice is truly done on the matter as his group will follow the process of investigation and outcome of same through.
The CG lamented the unprofessional conducts of some police officers who think it is a right to collect bribe from members of the public thereby doing anything to undermine the rights of citizens and sued for total overhaul of the police in the command.
It will be recalled that the death of the commercial taxi driver sparked off a wide range of protest in Benin metropolis leading to the burning of police patrol vans and the setting up of bonfires in major streets.