The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ogida station, CSP Carol Afegbai, has denied firing the shot that killed alleged final year student of University of Benin, Ibrahim Momodu, on May 27th during a stop and search in Benin.
Telling her own side of the story, CSP Afegbai said a Russian made double barrel gun with 8 rounds of cartridges, 2 loaded in the gun, were found on Ibrahim . Ibrahim's family and friends are protesting his death, denying claims he was an armed robber. Ibrahim was shot on the 27th of May and buried the next day by the police without his family being informed.
The Governor of Edo State, Governor Adams Oshiomhole and the Inspector General of Police, have ordered probe into the case to unravel the real circumstances that led to the killing.
Here's how the CSP says it:
CSP Carol Afegbai
The Nigerian Police,
The On the 27th of May, 2013, at about 22:30 hours, I was on a routine check along with my orderly PC Amadi Idahosa at night. Getting to my patrol vehicle along Siloku road by Obayuwana junction, I parked and was there watching my men doing their stop and search. At that time they stopped a motor-cycle who refused to stop, eventually the bike stopped. They were two on the bike, the rider and the suspected armed robber.
Unknown to Corporal Ubi, the passenger on the bike, the alleged Ibrahim Momodu was armed with a Russian made cut to size double barrel gun with 8 rounds of cartridges, 2 loaded in the gun,
with one blackberry, one Nokia handset and a charger in his bag. At this Juncture, the passenger reached into the bag he was carrying to pull out the weapon. My orderly rushed to meet them to save the life of the corporal. The rider pushed the bike to the ground and took to his heels and my orderly PC Amadi Idahosa fired at them as they tried to flee.
At this time it was irrelevant whether the suspected armed robber was a student or not, because it was at a late hour and he was armed. The rider of the Motor Cycle who had escaped had gone to alert
the fellow cultists who were threatening to invade the station to collect the corpse, so the local government was contacted and they are the people that went ahead to bury him. I was not present and did not supervise the burial of the criminal.
There is a ban on motorcycles in Edo state that states motorcycles are not allowed on the streets after
7:30 and that was why the motor-cycle was stopped. The University of Benin has released a statement saying that Ibrahim Momodu was not a registered student presently with the University.
The reciepts of payment of fees that was being shown was actually forged and was that of Juliet Ogiadumen a student of UNIBEN with Ibrahim Momodu's picture superimposed on it. My orderly who shot is presently assisting the state CID, with information in relation to the case.