Family protest, demands justice as sergeant killed council chair driver in Taraba
It was a black Friday for the family of Mr. Oliver Ezra who was said to have been shot to dead by a police sergeant at a checkpoint in lankabiri, Yerro local government area of Taraba State near Jalingo, the capital city.
Our Correspondent reports that on Tuesday 23/11/2021, the families of the deceased staged a peaceful protest to the Taraba State government house seeking for justice over the killing of their son by the police.
It was also gathered that Mr. Oliver was said to have been shot by sergeant Ibrahim Idi on Friday at a checkpoint in lankabiri, and it was alleged that they have engaged in an argument with the police before the angry sergeant released two bullets on him.
Mr. Bitrus Illia, leader of the family protesters, described the police sergeant’s action against their brother as unprofessional and provoking.
They appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku and the Inspector General of Police to ensure justice on the matter.
Reacting to the incident, Taraba state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abimbola Sokoya during a press briefing in his office, told journalists that, late Oliver, a driver to Lau local government council Chairman, Dr. Daniel Zading was said to have been returning from Zing, the local government headquarters to Jalingo with his principal when the incident occurred.
Sokoya, revealed that the suspected police officer, Ibrahim Idi has since been arrested and will soon be charged to court for prosecution and necessary disciplinary action.
He appealed to the family of the deceased and the public to be calm as possible steps have already been taken to ensure Justice in the matter.
While responding to the protesters at the gate of the government house on behalf of the state government, the Special Adviser to Governor Darius Ishaku on Political Matters, Hon. Abubakar Bawa assured the family of the government’s necessary step to ensure Justice.