The people of Imiakebu in Etsako East local government area of Edo state have demanded the sum of N50 billion as compensation for the killing of five of its youths on December 28, 2019, by the police in the area.
A prisoner, who escaped from the White House prison in Benin, Edo State capital, during the #EndSARS crisis, has been arrested in Ogun State. Community demands N50bn compensation for youths killed by SARS officials
The clan head of the Community, Chief Ugheiemhekhia Yahaya, Azamanodu II of Imiakebu who appeared with four others before the Edo State Judicial Panel of Inquiry for victims of SARS and related abuses alleged that the five youths were killed by the Divisional Police Officer of the Aganebode Station of the Nigeria Police Force, a Superintendent of Police he identified as John. E. Agaga in his community.
He also asked for N50m compensation each for five elders, including himself who were wrongfully detained at the Aganebode police station and state police command headquarters for five days.
He also asked the panel to compel the police authorities to release the bodies of the slain youths to their families to enable them to give them befitting burial rites, just as he called for the redeployment of the accused police officer from Aganebode.
Yahaya gave names of the victims of the dastardly shooting as follows: Sabo Abacha, Garuba Shaka, Sunday Augustine, Isaac John and Sunday Junior. Addressing newsmen shortly after appearing before the panel, Counsel to the petitioners, Kami Asunogie Esq, said it was a conflict between two communities, brother and sister, named Imiakebu and Isiuku.
He said: “We have come to this panel to seek justice. The bodies of our youths that were killed, have to be released to us for proper burial.
“They have been in the morgue since December 2019. It is the DPO that is keeping them. We want compensation for our community. Those persons have relations, and, they must be compensated.”
The suspect, Obehi Ogbeh, was arrested Wednesday, around Angulis, Agabado area of the state.
Hoodlums attacked the White House prison along Sapele Road, Benin City, and also destroyed the High Court 4 beside it.
Some of them were injured during crossfire with the armed squad of prison officials.
Explaining how the escaped Edo prisoner was arrested, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, said: “He was arrested following information received by policemen at Agbado divisional headquarters that a middle-aged man was seen around Angulis area of Agbado and that his look and conduct were suspicious.
“Upon the information, the DPO Agbado division, Kehinde Kuranga, detailed his detectives to the area where the man was apprehended.
“He was properly interrogated and confessed to the detectives that he was an inmate of White House prison in Edo State.
“He said he was set free by hoodlums who attacked the prison yard during the #Endsars protest. He further confessed that he relocated to Agbado to avoid being re-arrested.
“Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Ajogun, has directed that the suspect be transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, for further profiling.”