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Osayande writes the IGP on the unlawful Killing of Chief Ogbe Onokpite by the Police

March 12, 2012

Following the alleged unlawful killing by the men of the Nigeria Police Force, in Warri, Delta state, of Chief Ogbe Onokpite, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, PSC, Parry Osayande, DIG, rtd, has written to the Inspector-General of Police, M.D. Abubakar, expressing outrage.


In the letter personally signed by him, dated March 5, 2012, and entitled: Re: Unlawful killing of Chief Ogbe Onokpite by Men of Nigeria Police Force in Warri, Delta state, Osayande asked the IGP, to among other actions, set up a Special Investigation Panel to undertake a discreet investigation of the facts surrounding what he described as “the unlawful death” of Chief Ogbe Onokpite in Police Custody.
The following are excerpts from the letter:-
My attention has been drawn to the above subject matter, which is also the caption of a formal Petition bearing reference No. E &P/LEG/Vol. 1/27/2012 dated 27th February 2012, addressed to my Office by Messrs Eriata & Partners of AA Plaza NO. 2 Akin Osiyemi Street off Allen Avenue, Ikeja Lagos in respect of an alleged extra-judicial killing of an Urhobo High Chief in Warri Delta state, named Chief Ogbe Onokpite.
A careful perusal of the Petition and its accompanying documents, particularly the sworn deposition of one Gbenga Onasuyi, an eye witness to the incident which allegedly took place on 26th November 2011, and the graphic photographs of the Corpse, revealed that the deceased was arrested at the Beeland Hotel located at No. 48 Urhuworun Road, Ovwian Warri where he was staying, by a Team of Plain Cloths and PMF Officers, who stormed the Hotel Premises in a Nissan Pathfinder Jeep and two Toyota Hilux Vans. It was alleged in the sworn Deposition that after the arrest, the deceased was shot in the legs in the Hotel premises before being driven away to the Police Area Command Warri, where he was finally executed.
Further analysis of the Petition and the sworn deposition, revealed that the deceased was killed because of his staunch opposition to the perceived marginalisation of the Urhobo People in the sharing of the Two Billion Naira (2,000,000,000) Pipeline Surveillance Fund given to Delta state government by the NNPC. However regardless of the motive, the Police Service Commission cannot fold its arms and watch Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, whose primary responsibilities are the protection of lives and property, engage in extra-judicial killings and torture, under whatever circumstances. This is unacceptable, and can never be tolerated under the current dispensation.

Above are pictures of murdered Chief Ogbe Onokpite

Accordingly therefore, the Commission has resolved to get to the bottom of this case and identify whoever is involved in the commission of this heinous crime, for proper disciplinary action and prosecution. Consequently, the Commission request that the Inspector-General of Police should, as a matter of urgency:
*Set up a Special Investigation Panel to undertake a discreet investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the unlawful death of Chief Ogbe Onokpite in police custody;
*Retrieve all Police Records, Books, Registers, Case files, and other relevant documents pertaining to this case for proper scrutiny;
*Identify the Police Officers as well their Civilian cohorts, who are responsible for the unlawful death of Chief Ogbe Onokpite while in Police Custody for disciplinary action and or prosecution; and
*Identify the Police Officers who are responsible for the unlawful death of Chief Ogbe Onokpite while in Police Custody and forward their names to the Commission for onward transmission to the Presidential Committee on Police Reforms for appropriate recommendation, in accordance with its Terms of Reference.”
Osayande also urged the Inspector-General of Police to exert pressure on the panel in this regard.

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