The Commissioner of Police in Bayelsa State, Echeng Eworo Echeng, has ordered a discreet autopsy and investigation into the death of one Goodluck Oviekeme, an indigene of Biogbolo community in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The late Oviekeme was said to have been arrested by men of the State Police special squad, “Operation Puff Adder” last Wednesday, over an unknown crime he allegedly committed.
It was gathered that Oviekeme died while in the custody of the police and his body later dumped at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Yenagoa.
Irked by his death, some youths of the community on Saturday, staged a peaceful protest in Yenagoa, calling on the police and government authorities to bring to book all those concerned in his sudden demise.
Reacting, the police commissioner in a statement signed by the Spokesman of the state police command, SP Asinim Butswat, commiserated with the family of the deceased and assured the public that findings of the investigation will be made public.
He said the 27-year-old Oviekeme, was arrested in connection with an armed robbery incident that occurred on September 22, 2021, at Biogbolo, when hoodlums attacked a Police Patrol team, fatally injured one Inspector Ugbotor Sunday and carted away his rifle.
“Preliminary investigation reveals that Goodluck Oviekeme was the mastermind of the attack on the patrol team.
“He was arrested on 22 September 2021 at about 0300 hours, while in Police custody the suspect was observed to be running a high temperature and was rushed to the hospital where he eventually died,” the statement said.