A non-profit organisation, Ogoni Youths Federation (OYF), has issued out a call for justice over the brutal death of its member by the Nigerian police.
In a press statement released by the President-General, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana, the federation had on Sunday 22nd November 2020, received the distressing and shocking news of the extra-judicial murder of one of its youths member, Mr. Gospel Gbaraka, at the hands of a gun-wielding member of the Nigerian Police Force.
According to Yamaabana, Gbaraka was on duty at his security post on Sunday morning when he was killed by Inspector James, a security personnel attached to the company from the Marine Base Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Yamaabana adds that were no altercations, riot, or crisis situation at the company involving groups of persons requiring the use of live bullets to disperse crowds, neither was there any existing problem between the deceased and Inspector James.
Eyewitness accounts state that Inspector James mistakenly or deliberately discharged his AK 47 assault rifle and killed Mr. Gospel Gbaraka in cold blood.
Late Gospel Gbaraka, prior to his death, was a 28-year-old native of Gwara Community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State and a Security Staff with Bulk Strategic Reserve Limited, a company located at the Abonnema Wharf area of Port Harcourt.
The Ogoni Youths immediately demand justice over the life of Gospel Gbaraka. “We call on the Commissioner of Police, Rivers State Command to cause an investigation into this horrific incident and ensure that the erring officer is prosecuted and brought to book. The family of the deceased at least deserves the consolation that their son’s life was wasted unjustifiably for nothing.
“As a youth body, we are incredibly pained that the life of this young man has been taken, particularly now that Nigeria is at a crossroad and the world has been awoken to the demands of #EndSars protesters whose focal point is to end the recurring decimal of police brutality and extrajudicial killings. This is one of too many as other Ogoni sons/daughters have been killed by the Nigerian Police in like manner.”