Covid-19 lockdown: Tension as officer murders 28-yr elderly person in Delta

Anxiety, yesterday wrapped Warri, Delta State, after the killing of a 28 years of age man, Joseph Pessu, by a trooper, who was a piece of a group enforcing  the ‘sit at home’ request by the state government as a component of endeavours to contain the spread of the feared coronavirus pandemic in the state.

The man who was purportedly taken shots at 10a.m., at the Ogunu flyover connect in Warri for supposedly declining to stop for a check, was said to be driving in a Toyota Camry towards the Warri NPA from Ubeji when he was hailed by fighters upholding the lockdown ask.

An observer, who described what occurred, said that Joseph Pessu, the casualty was headed to his wiped out dad’s home to take him to the emergency clinic but since of the scurry, didn’t stop at the check point before he met his demise.

The observer stated, “One of his tires was first affected by one of the military officials. He immediately stopped in a close by road off the NPA Expressway to show why he wouldn’t stop, when waved to however the temper of one of the troopers couldn’t make him sit tight for any clarifications. He was then taken shots at short proximity by the trigger-glad armed force official who would not tune in to any clarification.

“Everyone around the killed Joseph commended him. He had no history of culpability or brutality. So tragic that it wasn’t the Coronavirus that stopped this youngster’s life yet a slug from the people who are upholding the lockdown against the imperceptible infection,” the observer said.

Another record, said the fighters pursued the casualty to the Ogunu flyover region where he bounced from the unnumbered Toyota Camry subsequent to utilising his vehicle to obstruct the street to keep military men from capturing him.

The sources, said the expired ran into a shrubbery in the zone where he was supposedly shot by one of the soldiers pursuing him.

The murdering of the youngster without blinking started fight as adolescents who saw what happened turned their annoyance on any military faculty immediately.

It took the mediation of administrator of the board, Dr Tidi Mike, who mobilised  police officers to restore  tranquillity to the region.

The state Police Commissioner, Mr  Hafiz Inuwa affirmed the  murdering, saying his men were on  ground to reestablish harmony in the zone.

Exertion to get officials of the 3 Battalion, Effurun to talk on the issue was worthless as calls to a portion of their lines rang out. Also, none of them restored the calls at press time.

In the interim, the Delta State Government has required an examination about the conditions which prompted the shooting.

State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu in an announcement in Asaba said government was stressed over the report of a supposed murdering of a 28-year elderly person in Warri by security offices on customary watch obligation.

While encouraging the people to keep calm and not bring laws into their hands, said government would lead an examination about the slaughtering.

Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, has denounced the revealed slaughtering of a man in Warri by fighters embedding the lockdown ask by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State.

Responding to the occurrence yesterday, the minister in an announcement, said,  “I have upsetting reports and pictures of the oppression and shooting of blameless residents by men of the military conveyed to uphold the COVID-19 lockdown in my state, Delta State.

“I will advance a request to the applicable specialists to altogether research this murder and bring the officer(s) to book. In the meantime, let us not bring the laws into our hands, if it’s not too much trouble

Omo-Agege denounces executing

Additionally, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has censured in exceptionally solid terms, the executing of Joseph Pessu by men of the Nigerian Army authorizing the stay at home request of the Delta State Government.

Omo-Agege, who portrayed the episode as extra-legal slaughtering, likewise required an all-encompassing examination about the murdering of Pessu, an Itsekiri youth.

Approaching security staff to consistently keep up the guidance of commitment as they uphold the lockdown request, Omo-Agege  approached young people to practice most extreme limitations.

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