An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Daniel Kokorifa, said his 17-year-old son, Innocent, was shot dead in August 2016 by men of the Anti-Vice Unit of the Bayelsa State Police Command.
Kokorifa, before the Bayelsa State Judicial Panel of Inquiry probing police brutality and extrajudicial killing said the murder of Innocent terminated his dream of becoming a lawyer in future.
The official, attached to the Port Harcourt, Rivers State Command of the FRSC, stated that his son met his untimely death while running an errand for his mother.
Kokorifa, an indigene of Okpotuwari community of the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of the state, in the petition dated November 4, 2020, through his counsel, E. A. Aluzu, disclosed that his son was shot from behind about 11.30am by one Corporal Vincent Kohamowei without being provoked.
Similarly, 81-year-old Lucky Amakiri, in his petition before the inquiry panel stated that his grandson, Blessing Amakiri, was shot dead by the men of state police command based on mere suspicion of belonging to a cult in the state.
Amakiri narrated that his grandson, who was 19 years, was shot dead by the men of Ekeki Police Division while on an errand at the former Oyoyo Market in Ovom area of the state capital.
The panel’s Chairman, Justice Young Emmanuel Ogola, however adjourned till January 6 and 7, 2021.