Policemen detained for killing 17 year old in Bayelsa State

About four policemen have been arrested and detained for the alleged extra-judicial killing of 17-year-old boy, Innocent Kokorifa.

The victim, first out of five children of Mr. Daniel Kokorifa, an official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, was shot dead in a mysterious circumstance by the police Anti-Vice/Anti-Kidnapping team along Airforce Road in Yenagoa, on August 18, 2016.

Innocent was reportedly running an errand for his mother, Pere, when he was allegedly killed by the police about 11am on the fateful day.

The victim’s father accused the police of shielding killers of his son and demanded transparency in the handling of the matter.

But a police source, who spoke in confidence, said some policemen were detained in a cell at the Bayelsa State Command headquarters.

The source said: “I am not authorised to speak on the matter. But I know those men are in detention and the police authorities are investigating the incident.

“I do not know the exact number of policemen that are detained but they are between three and four.”

Efforts to get reaction from the Police Public Relations Officer, Asinim Butswat,  were futile as his mobile phone did not connect.

The State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ogunjemilusi, has remained mute over the matter.

Source: The Nation

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