Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, on Sunday, September 26, directed the immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Goodluck Oviekeme, a youth from Biogbolo community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
Diri, in a statement by his Spokesman, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, also directed that an autopsy be conducted on Monday, September 27, in the presence of representatives of the deceased family, police, and the state government.
The late Oviekeme, who died in police custody, was said to have been arrested by the police special squad “Operation Puff Adder” last Wednesday over an alleged robbery incident in his Biogbolo community
Some indigenes of his community staged a protest on Saturday that grounded vehicular movement for hours in the state capital, Yenagoa.
On Sunday, while speaking at a thanksgiving service to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence and the 25th anniversary of Bayelsa State’s creation at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, Governor Diri said the Bayelsa State Special Committee on Security, SWAT and Human Rights constituted during the #EndSARS saga should commence immediate sitting to investigate and unravel the circumstances of the youth’s death.
The governor was quoted in the statement as assuring that anyone found culpable would be punished according to the law.
He called on the youths in the state to maintain the prevailing peace, adding that his administration was aware of pockets of infractions and that those responsible would be brought to book.
While calling on the youths to desist from criminal acts, the Bayelsa helmsman advised security agents to be professional in the conduct of their duties and avoid extra-judicial killing of citizens they are supposed to protect.
The committee, which is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, would commence sitting on Tuesday.
It has also called for memoranda between Tuesday and Friday this week from members of the public on any issue bordering on police brutality in the state.
Members of the committee are the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Biriyai Dambo, SAN, the state Commissioner of Police, Echeng E. Echeng, State Director of State Security, and the Special Adviser 1 to the Governor on Security, Mr Agberebi Akpoebi.
Others are Barr. Alaowei Opokuma (Ministry of Justice), Mr. Eugene Badon (National Human Rights Commission) and Mr Atie Charming.