Rampaging youths on Monday blocked and set bonfires on the ever busy Muritala Mohammed (MM) way Benin City over alleging killing of their friend by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
The rioting youths whose activities restricted both human and vehicular movements, said their friend, Etinosa Obakpolor, aged 26 was shot dead by personnel of the NSCDC on August 2019.
However, when contacted, an officer from the NSCDC who does not want his name in print said the family had since been settled, sensing that those protesting are thugs, who are looking for an avenue to steal.
Speaking, Joseph Egharvba, said Obakpolor was shot alongside with five other youths as they were returning from a function in August,2019 .
He stressed that Etinosa who was the only child of his parents with a pregnant wife almost due for delivery was coming back with 5 of his friends in a Toyota Camry 2.0 model when some officers of NSCDC on duty accosted them and started shooting at them, adding that while other persons sustained injuries, he was the only one who died.
According to him, the family of the late Etinosa met with the NSCDC officials, and were advised to bury him, promising that they will settle the family, saying “the corpse was promptly buried in August last year but since then,the NSCDC ingnored the family.”
He said, “We are protesting the killing of Etinosa Obakpolor, who was shot alongside five others youths as they were returning from a function in August, 2019 .He was the only child with a pregnant wife almost due for delivery.
“The family met with the NSCDC officials and were advised to bury him, promising that they will settle the family.The corpse was promptly buried in August last year.But since then, the NSCDC has ingnored the family.
“It was when they heard we were on the street that they called and offered the family 800,000(Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only) which the family rejected, insisting it wants justice as he was the only child.”