By Kingsley Braide
The Bayelsa State Government has distant itself from a media statement linking the cause of last Thursday’s killing of one Mr. Samuel Okoba of Ovom Community in Yenagoa, to armed robbery.
The Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo frowned at the statement during a meeting with Ovom community and security officers.
He said it is unacceptable for any individual or institution to give such a verdict without verifying the circumstances surrounding the matter.
Ewhrudjakpo noted that the content of the said statement does not represent the position of the state government nor that of the Nigeria Police on the unfortunate incident.
He said the state government has already ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter including an autopsy to be conducted to unravel the truth concerning the killing of the victim.
The State number two man informed that the state government has also constituted a fact finding committee which has the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, representatives from the Bayelsa Medical University, Nigeria Police Force Bayelsa Command, amongst others as members.
Sen. Ewhrudjakpo urged the public to discountenance the press statement which he noted was hastily done and in bad taste to not only embarrass the state government and the police but also escalate the matter with the intention to cause a breakdown of law and order.
While appealing to the deceased family, Ovom community and all those affected by the dastardly act to be law abiding, he assured that the government will do everything to ensure that justice is served.
He disclosed that the state special committee on human rights has also been mandated to take appropriate action on the incident.
Meanwhile, residents of Ovom Community in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital have called on the operatives of the state police command to be professional in the discharge of their duties in other to avoid further extra judicial killings in the community.
They came out with this on Friday while speaking to newsmen who visited the community to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of one Samuel Okoba.
The police had alleged that the deceased was a criminal who was in possession of a locally made pistol that was used to disposes some victims of their mobile phones and that he died as a result of the severe injury he sustained on the neck while trying to escape.
However a source who pleaded anonymity told newsmen that he and the late Samuel were in the same room when the police came, saying that he died on the spot having hit by bullets fired by the operatives into the ceiling where Samuel ran into.
Another source a female who also witnessed the incident explained that the late Samuel actually climbed the ceiling when the police came and that he fell down after been hit by a bullet.