The Bayelsa State chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Akali Usman Baba to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a youth from Biogbolo community in the state, Goodluck Oviekeme.
Acting Chairman of NYCN in the state, Taribo Spiff, in a statement, condemned the alleged police brutality that led to the death of the 27-year-old, saying the police officers involved in the alleged torture of the deceased must be brought to book.
The police said Oviekeme was arrested last week Wednesday, September 22, in connection with an armed robbery incident that occurred a day earlier at Biogbolo, Yenagoa, when hoodlums attacked a Police Patrol team, fatally injuring one police Inspector and carted away his riffle.
But Spiff, while calling on youths not to take the laws into their hands, regretted that the death of a promising youth is just one out of many other incidents that are being swept under the carpet daily.
He said: “Police brutality in Bayelsa State is sky high. This has left many innocent people confessing to crimes they never committed due to torture.
“This sad reality resurfaced in recent times as one Goodluck Oviekeme was allegedly tortured to death at “Operation Puff Adder Police custody.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) Bayelsa chapter calls on the Inspector General of Police and Bayelsa State Government to probe the incident and ensure that those police officers invovled in this unfortunate and archaic method of torture are brought to book.
“While condemning the act of police brutality in Bayelsa State, we urge the youths not to take the laws into their hands by toeing unconstitutional means to express their displeasure. Justice must always prevail”.
Governor Douye Diri on Sunday directed immediate investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of Oviekeme.
Diri, also directed that an autopsy be conducted in the presence of representatives of the deceased family, police, and the state government.