- The murder of one Ifeanyi Okafor in Imo state by policemen has been reported as being investigated by the House of Representatives
- Okafor was killed on the highway by men of the force for refusing to give them a bribe of N500
- The lawmaker said that the act by the policemen was a violation of Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed every Nigerian the right to life
The alleged killing of a young man identified as Ifeanyi Okafor, by some unnamed policemen over alleged refusal to give N500 bribe has been brought up for investigation by the House of Representatives.
The House, through Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the chairman, House Committee on aviation, said that Okafor was shot on Friday, February 9, in Okwelle in the Onuimo area of Imo state after he was stopped on the highway by men of the force who demanded bribe from him, the Punch.
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Narrating the incident to lawmakers on Monday, May 7, Onyejeocha said: “It is a pathetic story. This boy did not have money to pay for his school fees.
“His father, who is poor, was the one who advised Okafor to assist a lorry driver as a ‘motor boy’ in order to make some money for his fees. On their way to Okigwe to deliver sand, the police team stopped their lorry.
“The policemen demanded N500, but the boy said they didn’t have the money. The next thing was that a policeman pointed a gun at Okafor and shot him. This is one extrajudicial killing too many in recent years.”
The lawmaker pointed out that the development was a violation of Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which guaranteed every Nigerian the right to life.
Raising an alarm over the increasing rate of cases of extrajudicial killings in the country, the House remarked that between 2009 and 2017, such reported incidents came to 337 in total.
In a document, the lawmaker revealed: “Amnesty International Special Report for 2016/2017 indicated that 240 civilians, including 29 children and babies, were killed by operatives of Nigerian security agencies, especially the army and the police.”
The copy of the House proceedings showed that the Committee on police affairs was ordered to probe the killing of Okafor.
It stated: “The House was informed of the unfortunate and unwarranted killing of the late Ifeanyi Okafor by a police officer right opposite the Okwelle Police Station in Onuimo Local Government Area, Imo State.
“The House was also informed that on February 9, 2018, the said police officer demanded the sum of N500 from the deceased, but when his demand was not met, the police officer fatally shot Okafor.
“(The House is) worried that many incidents of extrajudicial killings by security agents in Nigeria often go unchecked and largely unreported.
“The House recalls a recent outcry against similar extrajudicial killings by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad across the country, which made the police authorities to promise to reorganise the SARS.
“(The House) observes that extrajudicial killings erode the confidence of Nigerians in the Nigeria Police Force, and this distrust has a direct adverse effect on the cooperation between the police and the public to combat crimes.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that an officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Delta state had been accused of allegedly shooting a man.
NAIJ.com came across a video showing a violent scene between officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and some Nigerian men on social media.
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