The Edo State Civil Society Organizations (EDOSCO) has alledged that the officers of the Department of State Service (DSS) and a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) were involved in the operation that led to the extra-judicial killing of a young man.
The Benin based civil group made this known yesterday in a press statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Osazee Edigin.
In the press statement, EDOSCO revealed that the killing happened at Aduwawa Area, along the Benin-Auchi Expressway in Benin City, Edo state, while the name of the young man that was killed was simply identified as Ali.
The statement reads:
“We want to first appreciate those spirited Nigerians that responded to our Press Release leading to the identity of the exact location of the incident.
“Recall, our inquisition was instigated by a viral online video that its content had some security personnel in an operation that saw the killing of an unarmed young man while others were lying on the ground.
“Our team of investigators was dispatched and they were able to locate the exact spot the operation took place, which is Aduwawa area along the Benin- Auchi Expressway in Benin City, Edo state. The name of the young man that was killed was simply given as Ali.
“The victim was shot from the back and the bullet went through his back and exited through his chest.”
The statement further stated that officers of the DSS and an officer of the NSCDC were jointly involved in the operation that had Ali publicly gunned down:
“The incident happened on Monday 28th of January, 2019 at about 11 am and the law enforcement agents that took part in the operation were mainly officers of the Department of State Services (DSS) and personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC).”
The group stated that it has established contact with the family of the victim, and equally tasked the public on the need to maintain peace, while an investigation continues.
“While we continue our thorough investigation and consultations with our legal team, we want to enjoin members of the public to be calm as we have established contact with the family of the victim. The outcome would be made public at the appropriate time. The eyewitnesses’ account has given our team of investigators a full image of what happened on that day which we cannot make public at this point of the investigation.”
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) had debunked the claim that its officers carried out the operation. The NPF however, hid the identities of the armed officers involved in the extra-judicial shooting of Mr. Ali, by merely describing them as “operatives of a sister security agency” and announced that the young men rounded up in the video, including Mr Ali, were notorious kidnappers tracked down to Benin.