February 8, 2011

Family of drowned NYSC member demands coroner’s inquest

By Austin Ogwuda
THE family of one of the youth corps members posted as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to register voters at Oko, a riverine community in Delta State, who allegedly got drowned at the River Niger, has protested the circumstances leading to the death and the alleged shoddy investigation by the police.

They also denied  asking for an autopsy to be conducted on the body of their late son as earlier reported.

The family in a petition  by Peter Idaewor on behalf of the Idaewor family, addressed to the state Commissioner of Police decried what it described as “the mysterious disappearance of our 29 year old son (a National Youth Service Corps member) Michael Idaewor  deployed to Delta State and on INEC assignment.”

The family said, “we urgently call on the relevant authority to transfer the case to a specialized unit of the police investigative system, the SSS or better still, set up a coroner inquest that is capable of digging beyond the surface, compared to what the ‘B’ Division police station at Asaba is currently doing.

“The premature conclusion of death by drowning by all the stakeholders without producing the physical body is not acceptable and will not be accepted by the family of the mission corps member.”

State Police Public Relations Officer , Mr. Charles Muka had told earlier our reporter that “it is true the corper drowned at the River Niger. He was posted to Oko community and his clothes were found at the bank of the river.”