The administrative panel of inquiry set up by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State to unravel the circumstances surrounding last Tuesday clash between some youths and policemen in the Oredo Local Government Area of the state has begun sitting.
The panel, on Monday, called on members of the public to come forward and furnish it with useful information that would aid its investigation of the clash.
A violent protest had broken out between angry youths in the area and some policemen shortly after a taxi driver, David Bello, was killed by a moving truck when he was allegedly shoved by a policeman.
Speaking during the inauguration of the panel at the Government House in Benin, Obaseki urged the members to identify the immediate and remote causes of the incident, which led to the death of the 28-year-old man.
According to a statement on Monday evening by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy, Crusoe Osagie, the governor vowed that his administration “will not allow impunity, in whatever guise, to unfold in the state. The panel will get to the bottom of the matter.”
He listed the terms of reference of the panel to include determining the circumstances that led to the fatal clash between some mobile policemen and youths at the Upper Igun area of Benin and establishing the number of persons who died or sustained injury during the clash.
Others are to establish the culpability of any person or group in the incident and to make appropriate recommendation to government to avert similar incidents in the future.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased driver has dismissed media reports that his widow, Ruth, lost her memory as a result of her husband’s death.
An elder brother of the deceased, Festus Okoniba, who spoke with Southern City News, also stated that the governor only made a promise to assist family with N10m for the education of the children of the deceased, as against the speculation that the governor had donated the money to the family.
“As I speak to you, she (Ruth) is in the village. There is nothing like that (memory loss). If there was, I would have told you. She did not lose her memory,” Okoniba said.
He explained that the grieving widow was taken to her village on the request of her mother.
“The mother said that she (Ruth) should be brought to her. You know that women know how to take care of their children,” he said.
He added that the bereaved family would meet soon to discuss the funeral arrangement of the deceased.
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