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Police brutality: Taraba Speaker condemn killing of man by police

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Police brutality: Taraba Speaker condemn killing of man by police

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

The Speaker of Taraba State House of Assembly Proffesor Joseph Albasu Kunini has condemned the killing of Thirty Seven years old Oliver Ezra by police in Jalingo and the general spate of police assaults on innocent citizens.

The Speaker made the call on Wednesday  when youth under the auspices  of ONE TARABA YOUTH COALITION, carrying placards with various  inscriptions, stormed the State House of Assembly  Complex in Jalingo, to register their grievances  against the  death of Ezra as a result of gunshots wounds he sustained at a police checkpoint along Jalingo-Numan highway.

‘I receive you to the State House of Assembly Complex today with a very heavy heart. We woke up yesterday  with the shocking news of the death of one of you, Oliver Ezra, as a result of  police brutality. This should not be happening now. We in the State House of Assembly  will not rest on our oars until the deceased  receives justice, even in death; he was an asset.

“The State Commissioner of Police has said that the culprit  has been apprehended  and will face the necessary  disciplinary process according to the Police Act, and thereafter charged to Court to face the full wrath of the law. As lawmakers, we will not condone  such heinous crime by the police personnel  who are being paid by taxpayers’ money to protect our lives  and property. 

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“As a Parliament, we don’t  address people  on the streets; therefore you are in the right place to register  your protest against police brutality  and the killing of Oliver Ezra; we will diligently follow  up to ensure that justice  is meted out against the culprit.

“I cannot imagine training  my son up to university  level, and after graduation  his life is cut short by a trigger-happy policeman. It is very sad .”

Mr Philip Achagwa, leader of the youth coalition told the Speaker and other membera of the State House of Assembly that they had come to present their letter of  protest to the Inspector  General of Police against extra-judicial killing of Oliver Ezra by one Sergeant Haruna Idi.

The protest letter read in part that “One Taraba Youth Coalition  is a non-religious, non-ethnic, no-secretive and a non-profit making hub of youthful  Assembly created to showcase and promote the beauty, diversity,  culture  and people of Taraba State, and is aimed at uniting  indigenous  tribes and non-indigenes alike with a view of lending one voice on critical issues of development. 

“We write to you today urging for an independent  investigations by Nigeria Police Force into the unimaginable and unconscionable MURDER OF MR. OLIVER EZRA BARAWANI, which our preliminary  findings indicate that while he was driving  his principal,  the Executive  Chairman of Lau local government  area of the State,  one Sergeant  Haruna Idi of the Nigerian  Police Force assigned on a ‘beat’ at a checkpoint along Jalingo-Numan road, accused the deceased of violating instructions at a checkpoint.

“However,  due to prior incident of negligence,  concealment  of facts and numerous conflicts, we are far from confident  that true justice  will be served in this case without the intervention of  the Inspector General of Police, whose sincerity of purpose has transformed  the Nigeria Police Force to a world class security  outfit within the shortest possible  time of his assumption  of office.”

VMT NEWS recall that the late Oliver Ezra died at the Federal Medical Center Jalingo on Tuesday morning as a result of the gunshots wounds he sustained from Sgt Haruna Idi last Friday, triggering series of protests in parts of the state against police brutality and calls for justice for the deceased.

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