There was tension when a civilian security guard attached to a business on Abonnema Wharf in the city of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Mr. Gospel Gbaraka was shot by a Navy police officer identified as Inspector James.
This happened because the father of the murdered security guard, Mr. Innocent Gbaraka, threatened to commit suicide if justice was not done in the matter as soon as possible.
However, it emerged that Gospel, who hails from the Gwara community in the Khana local government area of the state, was killed by Trigger Happy Policeman at his duty station at the premises of Bulk Strategic Reserve Limited, the Sunday.
Although, the motive for the shooting has not been clarified as of press time, as there has been no formal statement from the company where both the murderer and the victim work, but it was learned that the policeman shot the victim out of anger.
Speaking, Mr. Innocent Gbaraka, father of the late Mr. Gospel, said that he would commit suicide if the murderer of his son was not brought to the book, adding that the murdered Gospel was his only hope.
Innocent called on the Police Authority to ensure justice for his son, urging the Inspector General of Police, the Police Commissioner and well-meaning Nigerians to ensure that justice is served in the matter.
“I was in church when someone came to call me because they had killed my son who went to work. I thought it was a joke. He took me to UPTH where I saw my son in uniform lying dead.
“When I asked the supervisor of the company what happened, he told me that a policeman who worked in the same company with my son shot him dead. I don’t know what my son did that killed him.
“I have nothing to say other than to let justice prevail. I have no one but me why am I crying that a child suffered to train. I finished. He was my only hope. If it weren’t for my wife I would have hanged myself because I don’t know what I’m doing here again. I will hang myself if justice does not prevail, ”he shouted.
Meanwhile, the Center for the Protection of Basic Rights and Accountability Campaign, CBRPAC, has called for an immediate and impartial investigation into the incident to unravel the circumstances that led to the shooting of the deceased.
The secretary of the Board of Trustees, CBRPAC, Prince Wiro, called on the Police Authority to ensure that the investigation is concluded in record time and that anyone found guilty must stand up to the law.
Meanwhile, the police have not issued an official statement on the development, but it was compiled at the time of publication, the police officer allegedly responsible for the murder has been detained at the divisional police headquarters at mile 1 Diobu.
However, young people under the platform of the Ogoni Youth Federation, OYF, have demanded justice for their murdered brother, urging the state Police Commissioner, Joseph Mukan, to order an immediate investigation into the incident.
In a statement in Port Harcourt, Comrade Legborsi Yamaabana, president general of the Ogoni Youth Federation, said that young people were shocked by the news and wondered what had caused the shooting when there was no problem between the victim and the police.
Yamaabana said: “The Ogoni Youth Federation (OYF) around the world today Sunday, November 22, 2020 received distressing and shocking news of the extrajudicial murder of one of its youth and bright lights, Mr. Gospel Gbaraka at the hands of an armed member of the Nigerian Police Force, an Inspector James, who works at the Marine Base Police Station in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, is now being detained at the Mile One Police Station.
“Gospel Gbaraka was on duty at his security post this morning. The aforementioned Inspector James is also a police security personnel attached to the company.
“There were no altercations, riots, or crisis situations at the company that involved groups of people that required the use of live bullets to disperse the crowd, nor was there any problem between the deceased and Inspector James.
“As a youth organization, we are deeply saddened that this young man’s life has been taken, especially now that Nigeria is at a crossroads and the world has awakened to the demands of #EndSars protesters whose focal point is to end the recurring decimal of police brutality and extrajudicial executions ”.