ADVERTISEMENT

Gov Diri promises to investigate alleged youth’s death during Police operation

Gov. Douye Diri of Bayelsa, has ordered investigation into circumstances surrounding the death of a youth on Thursday, in Ovom community, Yenagoa Local Government Area (LGA), of the state.

Bayelsa state Governor, Douye Diri. [Twitter/@iamDouyeDiri]

Diri gave the directive on Thursday, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, after being briefed about the incident in Uyo, where he is attending a state cabinet retreat.

He also directed that an autopsy be carried out to determine the cause of death.

The governor promised that the government would ensure perpetrators of the dastardly act are uncovered and brought to book.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Human life is sacred. As a responsible government, we would not shy away from our responsibility of protecting citizens.

“Anyone who takes another person’s life would be held accountable through the laws of the land,” he said.

Diri sympathised with the family of the deceased, as well as the community, urging them to be calm and maintain the peace while a thorough investigation is being carried out.

In a reaction to the development however, the Police said the young man died of injuries sustained while escaping from a Police team investigating an armed robbery incident on Thursday.

Mr Asinim Butswat, Spokesman for the Police in Bayelsa, said in a statement on Friday that the operation led to the arrest of two robbery suspects, who dispossessed residents of mobile phones at gunpoint.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Upon interrogation the suspects confessed to have robbed owners of the phones at gunpoint.

“They led police operatives to their hideout at Ovom, Yenagoa, to recover the gun used in the operation.

“On sighting the Policemen, one of the suspects climbed the ceiling and jumped out in a bid to escape, he subsequently got injured on the neck."

He was taken to the Federal Medical Centre, where a Doctor certified him dead.

“A locally made pistol was recovered in the ceiling of the building. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary for autopsy.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, CP Mike Okoli, appeals for calm as a full scale investigation to unravel circumstances surrounding the incident, has commenced,” Butswat stated.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Why FBI Director Gray’s visit to Nigeria matters

Why FBI Director Gray’s visit to Nigeria matters

Residents send SOS to Lagos govt over poor drainage, flooding

Residents send SOS to Lagos govt over poor drainage, flooding

Tinubu salutes fathers for sacrifice, resilience in shaping nation’s future

Tinubu salutes fathers for sacrifice, resilience in shaping nation’s future

Stay away from Kogi or pay the price - Ododo warns criminals

Stay away from Kogi or pay the price - Ododo warns criminals

NDLEA bursts drug warehouse, seizes ₦4.7b worth of cocaine and meth

NDLEA bursts drug warehouse, seizes ₦4.7b worth of cocaine and meth

Nigeria’s Okere wins international astronomical union’s award

Nigeria’s Okere wins international astronomical union’s award

Being a very good citizen comes with responsibility - Tinubu tells Nigerians

Being a very good citizen comes with responsibility - Tinubu tells Nigerians

Eid al-Adha - Ado Bayero told to forgive his enemies

Eid al-Adha - Ado Bayero told to forgive his enemies

VIDEO: You’re not from the royal family - Oba of Benin clears Olumide Akpata

VIDEO: You’re not from the royal family - Oba of Benin clears Olumide Akpata

Pulse Sports

Victor Osimhen's future in the balance: Premier League or Saudi Pro League?

Victor Osimhen's future in the balance: Premier League or Saudi Pro League?

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria ahead of Ghana& South Africa, remain best team in the continent

FIFA Rankings: Nigeria ahead of Ghana& South Africa, remain best team in the continent

'Sack him now' - Reactions as Finidi George fails to inspire Super Eagles against Benin

'Sack him now' - Reactions as Finidi George fails to inspire Super Eagles against Benin

All for women? Gabby Thomas and other female athletes accused of poor sportsmanship to Thompson-Herah

All for women? Gabby Thomas and other female athletes accused of poor sportsmanship to Thompson-Herah

Super Eagles: Nigeria are becoming World Cup qualifying no-hopers

Super Eagles: Nigeria are becoming World Cup qualifying no-hopers

NPFL Standings: What the latest title race twist means after the abandoned Rangers vs Enyimba derby

NPFL Standings: What the latest title race twist means after the abandoned Rangers vs Enyimba derby

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT