Extrajudicial killing: Police exhume UNIBEN student’s body as inquiry begins

by Rachel Ogbu

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The body of 22-year-old Ibrahim Momodu, an undergraduate student of the University of Benin, has been exhumed.

Police pathologist, Wilson Akhiwu, on Thursday, oversaw the procedure of the young man who was reportedly killed by policemen.

An inquiry was set up place by the Edo State government to look into circumstances surrounding the killing of the 500-level Laboratory Science student allegedly killed by a patrol team led by, Carol Afegba,  a former Divisional Police Officer of Ogida Police Station in Egor Local Government Area of Edo State.

On Wednesday Afegba was redeployed from office.

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The Punch reports:

The deceased, whose remains were exhumed on the order of a magistrate’s court, and taken to Stella Obasanjo Hospital, was still clad in T-shirt and jeans trousers, at the time he was exhumed from a shallow grave.

Meanwhile, the police command had dispatched a delegation led by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Hilda Harrison, to the Momodu family to offer their condolences.

Lawyer for  the family, Jefferson Uwoghiren, said, “The visit to the Momodus is an acceptance of culpability by police. Do police visit families of killed armed robbers?”

 

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