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Extra-judicial killing: Rep lauds judiciary for sentencing ex-policeman to death

By  Emman Ovuakporie

ABUJA — Chairman House Representatives Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Warman Ogoriba, yesterday hailed the judiciary for passing the death sentence on an ex-policeman, Matthew Egheghe, who killed a 20-year-old man in Bayelsa State in 2011, for accusing him of taking bribe at a check-point.

Ogoriba, who represents Yenagoa/Kolokuma/Opokuma in Bayelsa State, in a chat with newsmen, described, the judgment of the Bayelsa State High Court as “one of the best in this part of the country as it will serve as deterrent to other erring policemen.“

After the murder of Victor Emmanuel, Ogoriba had, that same week, drawn the attention of the House, which had sought to how he  was shot to death at a checkpoint in Yenogoa on October 23, 2011.

In the motion he sponsored then, Ogoriba had pleaded with the House that “these extra-judicial killings by some policemen are against the reason for establishing it.”

The House had then resolved that  the Committees  on Police Affairs and Human Rights should investigate the issue and follow the case up to its logical conclusion.

According to Ogoriba, the young man was killed in the presence of his mother that fateful Sunday just because he accused them for collecting bribe.

The policeman attached to the Bayelsa State police command, Matthew Egheghe, was sentenced to death by hanging for killing 20-year-old Victor Emmanuel at a checkpoint on the Sani Abacha Expressway, Yenagoa, on October 16, 2011.


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