27th September, 2012
Nigeria’s Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, has constituted an investigation team to look into the circumstances leading to the death of one Ugochukwu Ozuah on 20 September in Lagos.
A statement by CSP Frank Mba, Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, on Thursday, said the team was from the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), Abuja.
Mba said the team would take over the investigation into the death of Ozuah from the Lagos State Police Command.
Ozuah was allegedly shot to death by policemen in Lagos a few days after his wedding.
“The directive is necessitated by the need to maintain neutrality, professionalism, speedy and holistic dispensation of justice,” the statement said.
Mba said the IG commiserated with the family, friends and relations of the deceased and assured them that the force would do everything possible to unmask and bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.
Abubakar appealed to members of the public, especially those who might have witnessed the crime, to come forward with useful information that could aid the police to arrest the perpetrators.
Mba said the IG had not made a definite statement on the incident contrary to rumours making rounds, especially in the social media.
“As a matter of fact, this is the first and the only statement so far made by either the IGP or the Force headquarters on this subject matter.
“As the chief investigator of the nation, it is not in the character of the IGP to jump into hasty conclusions before initiating investigations,” Mba said.