Bayelsa: Panel Calls For Petitions Over Youth’s Death In Police Custody 

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Gov. Douye Diri

The Bayelsa State Special Committee on Security, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and Human Rights, has called on the public, especially those who have complaints against the police, to file their petitions before the panel.
The panel headed by the state Deputy Governor, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, is investigating the death in police custody of 27-year-old Goodluck Ovieteme Izigwe, a youth from the Biogbolo-Epie community in the Yenagoa LGA.
Ewhrudjakpo, in a statement on Monday, directed that all such memoranda should be submitted to the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice from 28 to 30 September 2021.
He said the directive was in furtherance of the earlier pronouncement on the incident made by Governor Douye Diri during a thanksgiving at the King of Glory Chapel, Government House, Yenagoa, on Sunday.
He said, “Apart from stating the venue for submission of the memoranda, there is a need to inform the public that the new deadline for submission is now Thursday this weekend not Friday as earlier announced because of the October 1st holiday.”
He urged the public to lodge their written complaints bordering on police brutality with the committee between 10 am and 4 pm from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
Diri had during the thanksgiving service ordered a probe of Izigwe’s death, including an autopsy to be conducted with representatives of the late youth’s family, the police, and the state government present.
The late Izigwe died in police custody on Friday after men of Operation Puff Adder for alleged armed robbery arrested him and seven others two days earlier in their Biogbolo-Epie community incident.
Last Saturday, the community people and youths of the Epie-Atissa clan accused the police of killing him through torture and shut down Yenagoa in protest, disrupting vehicular movement and rendering residents stranded.
But the police claimed that Izigwe was the mastermind of the robbery attack on a police patrol team on September 22 around the community.

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