IGP Ringim Orders Delta CP To Probe Ogbe Onokpite's Murder
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After much public outcry, the Inspector-General of Police has finally directed the Delta state Commissioner of Police, Mamman Ibrahim Tsafe to investigate the murder of Ogbe Onokpite, a former governorship candidate in Delta state, who was allegedly
killed by the police in Warri.
The Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, having approved the petition in respect of the murder of Chief Ogbe Onokpite directed the Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command to investigate the case and report back to him.
Meanwhile, the families of the late politician have protested against the decision of the Inspector-General of Police, alleging that the Delta state Police Commissioner, Mamman Tsafe has shown bias and suspected to have a hand in the extra-judicial murder of Ogbe Onokpite.
'We are protesting this strange decision. This is because the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, had earlier on, without any investigation whatsoever, called a Press Conference a few hours after the incident, wherein he emphatically stated that Chief Ogbe Onokpite was killed in a cross-fire.
'This however, flies in the face of various accounts of eye witnesses who have since said that Chief Ogbe was killed in cold blood. Therefore, the role the Commissioner of Police, Delta State, played in this sordid affair will also be a subject of the investigation and as such, he cannot be a judge in his own cause.
'Consequently, we are calling on the Inspector-General of Police to re-assign the case to another team in the Force Headquarters, Abuja, who should also investigate the role of the Commissioner of Police of Delta State in the cold blooded murder of Chief Ogbe Onokpite. We have already written a protest to the Inspector-General of Police on this issue. Find attached our protest letter sent to the Inspector-General of Police earlier today', the statement issued by Festus Keyamo on behalf of the family revealed.
Recall that the family members of the late Chief Ogbe Onokpite, through Mr. Keyamo had petitioned the Inspector General of Police and the National Human Rights Commission to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the late politician and demanded that a coroner's inquest be conducted to produce an autopsy report that will reveal the cause of death.
In the same vein, the Delta state government has also absolved Governor Emmanuel Uduagahn of being responsible for the extra-judicial killing of Ogbe Onokpite.
While denying government involvement in the killing, the state commissioner for Information, Barr Chike Ogeah restated its call on relevant agencies to conduct an unfettered probe on the killing of Ogbe Onokpite and bring the culprits to book.
Addressing newsmen in Asaba, Barr Ogeah, 'We have asked that a free and unfettered investigation be carried out by all the relevant agencies and for the time being, obviously you know when things like this happen, that is when matters are subsisting in court, you are not expected to comment on them so that you don't prejudice the investigation. We also in government are waiting legally for the conclusion of that investigation and I'm sure that people found to be behind that unlawful killing should be made to bear the full wrath of the law', the Commissioner stated.
Chief Ogbe Onokpite died November 26, 2011. But the family insists that the politician was deliberately shot and killed by the police, even as the police claim he died in during a shoot-out while attempting to arrest him for alleged gun-running.