The Edo State Government has appointed a five-man administrative panel of inquiry headed by Justice J. O. Olubor to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the death of David Okinabo, which consequently led to a clash between some police officers and youths in Upper Igun area in Oredo Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.
Besides, another panel to investigate a gas explosion in Ugbor Road axis of Benin City, has also been constituted.
In a statement on Friday, the Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie, explained that other members of the panel include, former Deputy Commissioner of Police, Joseph Okpoloa (Rtd); Osagie Obayuwana; Retired Colonel David Imuse and Mr. Dupe Ojo.
“The panel will, among other things, examine the circumstances that led to the fatal clash between some men of the Mobile Police and angry youths at Upper Igun area in Benin City, Edo State capital. It will establish the number of persons who died or sustained injuries during the clash and the culpability of any person or group in bearing responsibility for the incident,” he said.
Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has set up a N10 million education fund for the training of two children of late Okoniba. Obaseki disclosed this when he led some members of his cabinet on a condolence visit to the family of the deceased at Urora community, in Benin city.
“I am here today to get the details of what happened. Listening to you, I am heartbroken. I can feel your pain and appreciate your pain and anger. I want to assure the family that the case will not be swept under the carpet.
“It will be followed to a logical conclusion as a reputable retired Judge of Edo State High Court, Justice Olubo has been selected to head the panel of enquiry which will investigate what truly happened on the said date of the incident that led to the death and consequent fracas between the youths and the police,” he said.
“I learnt that the deceased has two children. I have released N10 million fund to be used for their education, to reduce the pain of the absence of their father and ensure their education does not suffer much because of this incident.”
Obaseki also assured the family that government will support in the burial of late David Okoniba and advised the family to take the wife of the deceased to the hospital for medical attention at government expense, as she was still traumatised from the incident.
Spokesperson for the family, Mrs. Aremu Roseline, expressed appreciation to the governor and the state for the visit to the family, noting that the presence of the governor has given them hope for justice.
She also thanked the Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, who visited the family and showed concern over the death of David, thanking him for promising to get to the root of the mater.
“We appeal to the governor Mr. Godwin Obaseki to help the family ensure David gets Justice. His death must not be in vain as he was the pillar of the family. He had two children and his wedding was to be in two-weeks’ time. His wife, who was an eyewitness of the incident, is psychologically affected and seriously traumatised,” she added.