Breaking: Protest Rocks Bayelsa Over Death of Community Youth in Police Custody

Breaking: Protest Rocks Bayelsa Over Death of Community Youth in Police Custody

  • Many residents in Epie and Atissa Kingdoms, Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa state are protesting over the death of one of their own, Goodluck Oviekeme Izigwe
  • The aggrieved members took to the streets on Saturday, September 25, and blocked the road and expressway with canopies, tyres and sticks
  • Izigwe, a suspect responsible for the attack on a police patrol team was said to have died while in custody

Yenagoa, Bayelsa - Aggrieved residents from the Epie and Atissa Kingdoms took over the streets on Saturday, September 25, in protest over the death of Goodluck Oviekeme Izigwe.

The Punch reports that Izigwe from Biogbolo-Epie community was said to have died in police detention.

Protest in Bayelsa
Aggrieved youths of Epie and Atissa Kingdoms in the Yenagoa, Bayelsa state are protesting the death of a youth. Photo credit: Nigeria Police Force
Source: Facebook

The angry youths with canopies, tyres and sticks blocked the Biogbolo-Epie section of the Mbiama-Yenagoa road and the Isaac Boro expressway stopping vehicular movement.

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In another report by Daily Trust, Oviekeme was gathered to be a kingpin of the hoodlums that attacked the police patrol team at Biogbolo.

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SP Asinim Butswat, the police spokesman in Bayelsa state confirmed Izigwe's death in a statement on Saturday.

According to Butswat, the state Commissioner of Police, Echeng E. Echeng while condoling with the family of the deceased ordered for a discreet investigation and autopsy to determine the cause of the suspect's death.

The deceased was arrested on Wednesday, September 22, in connection with an armed robbery incident and taken into custody for investigation.

However, a police source revealed that while Izigwe was in custody, he started running a high temperature and was taken to the hospital where he eventually died.

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Earlier, unknown gunmen again on Saturday night, July 3, reportedly attacked a divisional police station in Udung Uko local government of Akwa Ibom state and injured three police officers on duty.

A source who asked not to be named said three of the officers on duty sustained serious injuries from gunshots in an attempt to repel the attack.

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Meanwhile, the Benue police command confirmed that 14 bandits were killed in a gun duel following an attempted attack on a station in the Katsina-Ala area of the state on Sunday, June 20.

The police spokesperson Kate Anene, who confirmed the incident, noted that on Saturday, June 19, some suspected bandits were arrested and detained at Katsina-Ala divisional police station for investigations.

Anene said that some gunmen, numbering about 50, launched a blistering attack on the station in an attempt to free the suspects from custody in the early hours of Sunday, June 20.


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