Edo accuses police of shoddy investigation into killing of UNIBEN student

Edo State Government on Wednesday accused the Nigeria Police Force of carrying out shoddy investigation into the alleged killing of a University of Benin student, Ibrahim Momodu, by the Divisional Police Officer of Ogida Police Station, Mrs. Carol Afegbai, and her men.

The Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Henry Idahagbon, made the accusation when group of students, bereaved family, and civil society organisations led by the Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice, David Ugolor, protested at the state Ministry of Justice.

According to the Attorney General, the state Director of Public Prosecutions has already submitted to his office its advice on the matter in line with the investigative report submitted to the DPP by the police.

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The Attorney General said there were a lot of gaps in the report submitted to the DPP by the police.

He said when he examined the DPP report on the matter; he discovered that the police were yet to do a thorough investigation that could lead to prosecution for murder in the case.

“The case file has been returned by the DPP to my office. The police are yet to do a thorough investigation that can grant prosecution for murder. There are still a lot of lacunas in the investigation,” he said.

Furthermore, the Attorney General said the police investigative report would be send back to them and the specific areas in need of investigation would be communicated to the police.

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Earlier, one of the spokespersons of the group, Ugolor said the protesting groups want the state government to set up judicial panel of inquiry into the UNIBEN student killing.

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