Angry youths yesterday prevented men of the Okhoro Police station in Benin City, Edo State from leaving the premises in protest against the alleged killing of one Elvis Omorotiomwan, a commercial bus driver. He was said to have died in the custody of men of the Okhoro Police Divisional last week Saturday.
The protesting Youths who carried placards with various inscriptions such as, “Nigeria Police stop killing us.” “We need Justice now”, “No to extra-judicial killings”, “we need justice for Elvis’ killing” among others.
Leader of the protesters, Osazee Edigin called for the immediate prosecution of the Police officers alleged to have killed the bus driver for what they described as extra-judicial killing.
“The Nigerian youth has a right to live hence we must thrive to get it right in this country of ours. The Assistant Inspector General of Police should investigate the matter.”
Relatives of the deceased said they were yet to see the corpse of their son.
Elder brother of the deceased, Innocent Adams said his younger brother was beaten up and detained because he hit an Audi and added that the headlight and pointer light of the Audi car were broken.
Adams said that he went to the police station at about 7:30pm last Saturday and found Elvis lying down unconscious.
“We begged the IPO to allow us take him to the hospital but he refused and the DTO signed a paper that he should be detained at around 11pm. Elvis was dragged into the police cell and we left.
“When we came the next morning, the IPO called us and told us that he was sorry that my brother was vomiting blood at about 3am and was taken to the hospital where he died. Imagine my brother was killed because of N2000 headlight,” he added.
Aunt of the deceased, Josephine Ohomere said that the late Elvis was stripped naked before being taken into the police cell.
She said that they were yet to see the corpse and added that police has not told them the mortuary they deposited his body.
State Police Spokesman, ASP Peter Ogboi said that he was informed that late Elvis was drunk and that the police couldn’t have left him to go in that state.