According to a report by punch metro, the House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into the alleged extrajudicial killing of a student, Ifeanyi Okafor, by the police for allegedly refusing to yield to a N500 bribe demand. The House said the police shot Okafor on February 9, 2018 in Okwelle, in the Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State. The resolution to probe the incident followed a motion moved by the Chairman, House Committee on Aviation, Mrs. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who said a police team stopped the victim on the highway to demand the bribe. The proceedings of the House, which was obtained by Punch Metro in Abuja on Monday, indicated that Onyejeocha narrated the incident to lawmakers on the floor of the House. She said, “It is a pathetic story. This boy did not have money to pay for his school fees. “His father, who is poor, was the one who advised Okafor to assist a lorry driver as a ‘motor boy’ in order to make some money for his fees. “On their way to Okigwe to deliver sand, the police team stopped their lorry. “The policemen demanded N500, but the boy said they didn’t have the money. “The next thing was that a policeman pointed a gun at Okafor and shot him. “This is one extrajudicial killing too many in recent years.” The House noted that the incident was in breach of Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed all Nigerians right to life.
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 06:47
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