Following the unjust death of Gospel Gbaraka, non-governmental organisation, Ogoni youths federation (OYF) has issued a 48hours ultimatum to the Nigerian police to provide justice by bringing the culprit, Inspector James to book.
The President-General of Ogoni Youth Federation, Comrade-Legborsi Sunday Yamaabana, after holding a press meeting at Ernest Ikoli Press Centre (NUJ Secretariat) Portharcourt, led parents and family members of late Gospel Gbaraka to the headquarters of the Rivers State Police Command to demand justice for the slain Gospel Gbaraka .
Speaking during the press briefing and the visit, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana called on the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to pacify the grieving family of the late Gospel Gbaraka and to prevent the 62-year-old father from ending his life following the incident.
He also demanded that inspector James face justice within 48 hours and render commitment to for the deceased family. Failure to do so will force youths to embark on a heavy weight protest in Port Harcourt and its environs.
Mr. Innocent Gbaraka, the father of late Gospel Gbaraka while speaking said he didn’t have any more reason to continue living after his son’s death. He said “I was in Church when someone came to inform me that my son who left the house for work is dead, I thought that it was a joke until the person that informed me took me to UPTH where I saw my son in his security guard uniform laying dead in a pool of his own blood.
“I don’t know what my first son did to the policeman that killed him, all I want now is for justice to prevail. I don’t have anybody that is why I ran to the president of Ogoni youth, Legborsi Yamaabana, for help and that is while I haven’t stopped crying since the incident, my son was my only hope, he was a graduate of the Imo State Polytechnic. I’m finished, my son has always cared for me and his mother.”
On his part the State Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, assured the people that justice would be served in the matter as no police officer found wanting would be shielded from prosecution, adding that the duty of every police officer was to protect innocent citizens and not to kill them.
“We didn’t send policemen to go out there to kill innocent citizens, the police are mandated to protect them, Nobody will cover anyone from facing justice, justice is going to be done in this matter. We have already put internal mechanisms in place to ensure that justice is served in this matter and you will see it done.”
Gospel, firstborn of his father, was an employee of Prudential Guard Limited, a private security company and was attached to Bulk Strategic Reserve Limited, a company located at the Abonnema Wharf Area of Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital. He was a graduate of Imo State Polytechnic, Owerri.
His assailant, Inspector James who works with the Marine Base Police Station, was also on guard at the same company as the deceased.