Residents Seek Justice For Death Of 20-Year-Old Student In Bayelsa
20-year old Tarila Nikade went to the barbershop to get a haircut, and that was the last thing he did before being allegedly gunned down by Timadu Emmanuel, a police Sergeant attached to the patrol team of Akenfa Police Division.
The 300 level Petroleum Engineering student of Niger Delta University (NDU) Wilberforce Island, Amassoma lost his life during a police raid at Tenacious road.
Policemen stormed Tenacious Road, and like the rest of the residents on the street, Tarila ran away to avoid being arrested and extorted by the officers, but he could not get away.
The young man was shot and eventually died from the wounds.
His widowed mother, frustrated over the painful death of her only child, attempted suicide and drank a bottle of insecticide.
A neighbor who saw the almost lifeless body of the grieving mother rushed her to an undisclosed hospital within the state capital for proper medical care.
Now residents of Tenacious Road in Edepie, Yenagoa have called for the prosecution of the police officer over the gruesome murder.
A resident of the street, Paul Zikiwari told Bounce News that Nikade was a cheerful, hardworking student.
Another innocent ljaw youth killed by incompetent police officer. They avoid ombia bridge where criminals use as their kingdom and raid peaceful streets looking for innocent people to arrest and extort. It will never be well with police officers" he cursed.
The owner of the barbershop where Nikade had gone to get a haircut, simply identified as Mike, said they ran to avoid unlawful arrest.
"Akenfa police officers are heartless. They have arrested me inside my salon once and put two wraps of 'lgbo' inside my pocket while searching me and accused me afterwards. We ran to avoid being framed up, arrested and extorted. Nikade was never a criminal" he said.
Currently, the police sergeant has been disarmed and detained at the state CID in Ovom where he is undergoing room trial.
The police spokesman DSP Asinim Butswat confirmed the arrest of the trigger-happy police officer and appealed to residents to remain calm.
" We will ensure that justice will be served and also make our findings public,” he said.
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